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OSHA Article: Prevention Minded

20 Jun 2024 5:37 AM | Jason Mccoy

Occupations across the spectrum carry the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. These microscopic entities like Hepatitis B and HIV, can lurk in human blood and certain bodily fluids. With proper safety measures, we can significantly reduce the risk of infection or even exposure.

The prime protection is the concept of universal precautions. This principle emphasizes treating all human blood and bodily fluids as potentially infectious, regardless of the patient's known health status. By adopting this cautious approach, we can minimize the chance of exposure in unexpected situations. Universal precautions translate into practical steps like wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection during any procedure that might involve contact with blood or bodily fluids.

Beyond individual protection, universal cleanup procedures are crucial to prevent the spread of pathogens in the environment. This involves proper disinfection and disposal of contaminated materials. Spills should be cleaned using designated disinfectants, and needles should be disposed of in specific marked, color coded containers to avoid accidental injury.

By prioritizing safety through universal precautions and meticulous cleanup, we can create a safer environment for everyone, from healthcare workers to the general public. Remember, prevention goes a long way in protecting ourselves and those around us from the dangers of bloodborne pathogens and keeps everyone safe.


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