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The importance of education on bloodborne pathogens in the workplace.

19 Dec 2021 1:14 PM | Joshua Ray

Bloodborne pathogens pose a serious and significant health risk to anyone who comes into contact with them. Everyone should understand the risks associated with the cleaning and/or disposing of contaminated surfaces, articles of clothing, linens, and cleaning tools. This is most true for employees or workers that frequently come into contact with them. Training should be available to every employee and mandatory for anyone at risk. 

 Bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B do not only exist within blood. They can exist within saliva, vomit, urine, and other bodily fluids. Proper procedures should always be followed when coming into contact with any suspecting bodily fluid. The best way to avoid exposure is to ensure you're wearing proper PPE or personal protective equipment and following the osha guidelines.

 Proper education for all cleaning workers is the 1st step in protecting them and your business. The availability of proper fitting personal protective gear is a must. Masks, gloves, safety goggles, and at times full tyvek suits can, and should be worn depending on the situation. Education and protection are vital in keeping your work force safe and productive while keeping your clients satisfied. 

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