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Bloodborne pathogen certification is essential.

13 Nov 2020 11:29 AM | Kamiyah McCray

 

           It is essential that all employees and staff not only know about bloodborne pathogens but also get the proper training on how to eliminate exposure when in the janitorial/cleaning business. If you don’t know what bloodborne pathogens are then you can’t possibly clean contaminated things (i.e. items, bedding etc.) properly. By not cleaning properly or handling the care of items properly you cause several severe risk for not only yourself but other employees and/or clients. You also need to understand how to handle the transportation of contaminated waste. 

                      Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. For example, diseases like HBV, HIV & AIDS but not limited to such. It is easy to be exposed to to bloodborne pathogens if you aren’t extremely careful. Pathogens can come in contact with  your mucus membranes by your mouth, nose, human bites, cuts and abrasions. 

                      To prevent exposure while cleaning it is best you wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as eye wear, mask, gloves and more depending on other factors. OSHA recommends that you follow universal precautions to protect yourself. Which basically is assuming that blood and certain bodily fluids from ALL patients be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. 

                      When assisting with the transportation of waste/contaminated waste it should be color-coded or labeled in a sufficient way to let all employees know that compliance with universal precautions is required. It gives a heads up to others to be aware if its contaminated or not. 

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