Contributor: Safesite Jurisdiction: OSHA
This template can be used by safety managers or personnel to educate their team on the risks associated with contact and treatment of exposed body fluids.
1. OSHA Standars require that all employees be trained in the recognition and measures to avoid contamination by Blood Borne Pathogens.
2. Unless a person works in a medical profession, the only time one would encounter true Blood Borne Pathogens in the work-place would be while rendering first aid to a co-worker who has sustained a bleeding injury.
3. If helping someone with a bleeding injury use Universal Precautions. Universal Precautions is an approach to infection control to treat all human blood and certain human body fluids as if they were known to be infectious.
4. If you get blood or other bodily fluids on your skin, wash with warm water and soap immediatley, if an open wound or mucus membrane is affected, wash thoroughally AND report the contact to your supervisor or management immediately.
5. When First Repsonder care is given to a person with bleeding injuries, special attention must be given to the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
6. Employers should make confidential follow-up medical testing and inoculation available at no cost to any employee(s) involved.
7. Many additional "Pathogens" exist in and around the workplace.
8. Special precautions must also be taken with food.
9. There are many real Pathogen-related health hazards associated with insect bites.
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