Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms present in human blood that can cause serious diseases when transmitted from one person to another. These pathogens include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
To prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens, employers should provide proper training and protective equipment to employees who may come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Additionally, workplaces should have written exposure control plans that outline procedures for handling potentially infectious materials and incidents involving blood or bodily fluids.
Employees should take precautions such as wearing gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection when working with or around potentially infectious materials. Proper disposal of needles and other sharp objects is also crucial in preventing accidental exposure.
If exposure does occur, employees should immediately wash the affected area with soap and water and report the incident to their supervisor. Medical attention should be sought promptly to minimize the risk of infection.
By implementing proper precautions and procedures, workplaces can prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens and protect the health and safety of their employees.
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