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Bloodborne Pathogens: The Importance of Cleaning Employees Knowing About Bloodborne Pathogens

01 Nov 2020 9:18 PM | Sheronna Quinine

Bloodborne Pathogens: The Importance of Cleaning Employees Knowing About Bloodborne Pathogens

It is essential to educate janitorial staff members about bloodborne pathogens in the cleaning industry, since they are high risk for potential exposure to life threatening illness and infectious diseases. The employer can teach cleaning staff how to minimize the spread of infectious diseases, increase their understanding of workplace policy and procedural practices; while ensuring they are able maintain a safe, healthy and clean environment to reduce the spread of diseases among others.

As part of cleaning personnel, staff members must be trained on the importance of practicing good hygiene habits by washing their hands, wearing personal protective equipment, safe handling and disposal of sharp objects, and making sure they are up to date with their vaccinations, to reduce the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens to protect themselves.

In order to minimize the spread of disease for others, employees must thoroughly clean, sanitize, and disinfect all areas in the workplace. In addition, employers should confirm that personnel have a thorough understanding of policy and procedural practices to ensure compliance with universal precautions, and extensive knowledge of the exposure control plan to address potential contact, to prevent serious illness and/or death.


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