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Those employed in the fields of health and medicine are often in environments that possess a reasonably concerning risk for exposure of health-threatening bacteria, contaminants, etc., thus creating a risk for employees to develop health problems, like disease, if exposed. Because of this, healthcare employees alike must understand the necessary safety precautions (and responsive actions) in order to decrease this risk of fellow employees developing health problems from exposure of said health-threatening agents and the potential spreading of these health-threatening agents to patrons.
Just one of many health risks present is the prevalence of bloodborne pathogens present in various healthcare environments. According to OSHO (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), it's imperative for employees and staff of healthcare facilities to evaluate the risk of exposure to health-threatening agents in their respective environments, especially those in which exposure to blood is common, like hospitals. Should this risk be alarmingly concerning, employees and staff should seriously consider integrating and enforcing OSHO's own Bloodborne Pathogen Standard within their workplace.
This standard is a comprehensive approach for educating healthcare employees on decreasing the risk of employee/patron exposure to blood-borne pathogens (among other health-threatening agents) as well as understanding how to control infections and spread upon exposure: this approach is both proactive and reactive. By adopting OSHO's standard, employees and staff will understand what bloodborne pathogens are, different forms of exposure, and how to prevent said forms of exposure via protective practices among other pertinent details about specific kinds of blood-borne pathogens, like HIV and HBV.
Understanding how to decrease exposure via proper precautions and reactions can greatly prevent wide spreading, and thus could ultimately prevent patrons and other employees from developing health problems from these bloodborne pathogens and other health-threatening agents. Even if facilities don't adopt OSHO's own standard, universal prevention precautions should still be enforced to ensure the safety and well-being of a facility's employees and patrons.
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