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Cleaning employees are responsible for maintaining clean and safe environments in many industries. However, they are also at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. These can cause major health hazards. It is important for them to be knowledgeable about bloodborne pathogens and the best practices for preventing their transmission.
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms present in human blood and bodily fluids that can cause infections. Some of these infections are, hepatitis B and C viruses and HIV. Cleaning employees can be exposed to these pathogens through contact with contaminated medical equipment, instruments, or surfaces. To prevent transmission, cleaning employees should use personal protective equipment (PPE such as gloves, face masks, and gowns,) properly dispose of contaminated materials, and clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment.
In addition to following proper infection control practices, cleaning employees should also be trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of bloodborne pathogen exposure. That way they know what to do if they suspect they have been exposed. By taking these precautions, cleaning employees can ensure that they are providing safe and clean environments while also protecting themselves from potential health hazards.
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