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Bloodborne pathogens can be contacted in various ways, making it extremely important to understand the risks and know how to protect against contamination. According to the American Red Cross bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted by direct & indirect contact, respiratory droplets, and vector-borne transmission. Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that can be transmitted through blood or bodily fluids.
There are many different bloodborne pathogens such as malaria and syphilis. Those specifically addressed by OSHA are Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) the virus that causes AIDS. By following established workplace standards including Universal precautions, we can all protect ourselves and others against bloodborne pathogens. Being aware is the first step to protection.
It is essential to keep staff updated on all bloodborne pathogens they are exposed to in their work of line to ensure that they are aware of the risks associated with cleaning up bodily fluids and how to protect themselves and others from exposure. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks, and gowns, as well as the correct techniques for handling and disposing of hazardous materials will aid in empowering them to take necessary precautions and minimizes the chances of contracting serious infections.
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