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Bloodborne Pathogens and the Effects on Healthcare Workplace

19 Jan 2021 8:21 AM | Teferro Jeffries

The HealthCare Cleaning Business is a dirty business.  In some instances, it can even be deadly.  Bloodborne Pathogens in the workplace is a very serious matter.  These infectious fluids can be transmitted very easily.  This is why proper education on the subject is vital to your business and most importantly, employee safety.

Bloodborne Pathogens are are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).  Cleaning employees can be exposed to these pathogens by cleaning bodily fluids, wiping blood, improperly handling trash amongst other things.  This shows why it is extremely crucial that all employees are educated and trained on the importance of properly  handling and cleaning of all things that have been in contact with potential Bloodborne Pathogens.

OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has set guidelines for dealing with such materials.  Universal Precautions is in place to make sure that all hazardous waste are handled as if they contained Bloodborne Pathogens.  OSHA mandates proper use and disposal of PPE when cleaning and highly encourages proper handwashing.  These are just some of the information that OSHA provides to make sure that the Healthcare industry is as safe as possible. 

Bloodborne Pathogens are extremely dangerous.   However, with proper training and education, employees can help maintain a healthy and safe work environment.   


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