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Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms in human blood that can cause a life-threatening disease and cause serious health risks to health care workers. There are different types of contact that puts an individual at risk, some of which include blood, semen, saliva, vaginal secretions. Bloodborne pathogens can be found in different settings such as healthcare facilities, laboratories, or even first aid situations. It's extremely important to be aware of universal precautions using a barrier protection at all times, using gloves for protection when working around or with blood and body fluids. We fail to realize that washing your hands is one of the simplest and effective practices to prevent Bloodborne pathogens. Immediately after your hands or any other exposed skin after an exposure to an incident. Overall, the practice of safe Bloodborne pathogens prevention is very critical for cleaning employees and staff, following proper infection control measures will prevent life-threatening diseases.
Each year, there are nearly 3 million workplace exposures to bloodborne pathogens, there are employees at risk and costing employees millions of dollars. The training of an employee is extremely significant since it will educate them on everything that is related to the spread as well as the protection against bloodborne pathogens. It's legally required to train all employees about defining Bloodborne pathogens and Other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs), how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted, how to avoid contact or exposure, most common bloodborne pathogens, reporting procedures, what should you do in the event of an exposure, most importantly how to use personal protective equipment. I have worked as a worker for 25 years before I decided to start my own cleaning business and I can't hesitate enough the importance when working at any medical facility you will be exposed to sharps in bins in restrooms, biohazard waste, or even contaminated objects. I have realized that providing comprehensive training will help improve the employee's retention.
On the other hand, staff also play a crucial role on the importance of bloodborne pathogens because it will make staff more proficient in health and safety protocols. Healthcare workers also need to be aware of the importance of bloodborne pathogens due to the fact that they are at a higher risk of being exposed due to the frequent contact with blood and body fluids. Majority of the time healthcare staff will receive training during their education and training programs, being fully aware helps them take necessary precautions in protecting themselves and their patients. Both employees and staff play a crucial role together, since they both are exposed to bloodborne pathogens, the knowledge of both teams will help ensure safety.
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