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The Importance of knowing about bloodborne pathogens

21 Jan 2021 2:26 PM | Elroy Edwards III

Why is it important to know about bloodborne pathogens, as a cleaning person?

It can be hard to keep in mind dangers that we cannot see & in our day to day lives we tend to forget such unsightly dangers. Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) can be all over the place & in areas we least expect & according to the Health and Safety Institute, some BBP can live in dried blood up to 7 days or more. 

It is very important to know about all personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, protective eyewear, face masks, etc. When used properly PPE can greatly reduce your exposure to BBP & will ultimately help prevent the spread of certain diseases, such as Hep B, Hep C & HIV. Those are just a fraction of many BBP's out there.

It's very important for cleaning employees to know about BBP simply because, ANYONE exposed to them are at risk in coming in contact with potential infectious microorganisms that can cause serious disease in humans & we are all responsible for protecting ourselves.


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