Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms present in human blood or bodily fluids that can cause diseases. If an employee could be exposed to any form of bloodborne pathogen in the workplace, employers must develop a written exposure control plan that details the measures and procedures to be taken to protect them and prevent exposure.
Traditionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Bloodborne Pathogens Regulation [29 CFR 1910.1030] applies to healthcare workers, but it also covers employees who could be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids as a result of their job classification or duties. This includes employees who are trained and responsible for rendering first aid, as well as first responders, maintenance staff and housekeeping personnel.
Affected employees must receive initial and annual training that includes how the processes, procedures, engineering controls, personal protective equipment and availability of vaccines provided will help prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Training should also cover the use of universal precautions as a means of preventing infection. Download the toolbox talk below to inform employees on how to stay safe while assisting injured coworkers and cleaning infected areas.
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