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Knowing about bloodborne pathogens

19 Feb 2021 1:02 PM | Taneshia Carter

I'm sure we have all heard the phrase..."Time is Money"! We can probably all agree that wasting time can definitely cost us money. That is why our job as commercial cleaners are so important. It doesn't matter if we clean for a office, a factory, a studio or a hospital; keeping the work area clean aids in keeping our customers staff healthy by slowing down and/or stopping the spread of illness and viruses around the workplace. If our customers have healthy employees then that helps aid in there companies production because it would minimize calling in due to illness. Having a clean workplace also gives our customers employees a piece of mind that they are in a safe environment, so they will not bring back sickness and illness to there families at the end of the day.

As cleaners we also have to be safe even though we may encounter some messy situations. That is why it is important to know what bloodborne pathogens are and how to keep yourself safe. In our line of work there are many ways that we can come in contact with bloodborne pathogens. If  we are not properly trained to handle those situation exposure can lead to sickness or even death.  If we don't keep a safe clean environment not only can we make ourselves sick but we can put others at risk.

Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted when blood or bodily fluid from a infected person enters another person's body. But there are precautions that can be put in place to reduce the risk of transmissions. Taking courses to familiarize ourselves will teach all the necessary techniques that we need to know to be compliant with OSHA requirements.


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