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Staff and their Knowledge of Bloodborne Pathogens

20 Nov 2023 1:16 PM | Jonathan Nissen

Bloodborne pathogens are not always thought about while cleaning and not everyone is trained on how to properly disinfect surfaces that have been exposed to blood or other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning of blood and bodily fluids can greatly reduce or prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens such as HBV and HIV. First someone has to understand the risks, then they need to be trained on how to properly clean and disinfect.  

Cleaning employees and other staff must understand the risks of bloodborne pathogens. These are the people we all trust to properly clean and disinfect the public restrooms we use, the door handles we touch, and every other surface we come into contact with in public spaces. If these employees don't understand the risks or how to properly clean these surfaces we are all at risk of spreading and becoming infected by bloodborne pathogens. Training these employees is paramount to any success in preventing the spread of bloodborne pathogens. 

The better staff is trained on what bloodborne pathogens are and how to protect themselves and others from exposure, the less likely anyone will be exposed to these dangers. Training should include online  resources and in person demonstrations to make sure understanding is achieved. Knowledge is power, and in this case it becomes power over our well-being and the health and wellness of others. 


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