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What are bloodborne pathogens? Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. Some of these pathogens include hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). How can you be exposed to bloodborne pathogens? You can be exposed to bloodborne pathogens from a needle stick or other sharp object. Workers that can be exposed to bloodborne pathogens are first responders, health care workers, housekeepers, and many other occupations.
Why is it important to know about bloodborne pathogens? It is important to know about bloodborne pathogens to keep you safe and know what you should do if you think you may have been exposed. Know your employers control plan for worksites where you may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Pay attention to your surroundings when dealing with laundry because there could be a needle you don't see. Bloodborne pathogens can make you sick and you may not know for years later that you have been exposed.
Bloodborne pathogens can cause diseases in humans. It is important to know about bloodborne pathogens in any occupation that you work in. Any sharp object can expose you to bloodborne pathogens. You should know your employers control plan and always pay attention to your surroundings. It is important to stay safe in all work environments.
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