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Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. Pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Workers in many occupations, housekeeping personnel in some industries, and in the commercial cleaning industry, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Employers must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protection measures. This plan should include engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, employee training, medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other provisions as required by OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
Having knowledge of and understanding, that bloodborne pathogens could be present in any work environment is the first step. Taking the proper precautions and following Osha Standards can keep you and employees safe from possible infections and even death.
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