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How Can Safetec Protect You From Bloodborne Pathogens?

[fa icon="calendar"] 11/1/18 10:30 AM / by Safetec

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Diverse group of workers standing against white backgroundTo reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protection measures. Luckily, Safetec of America has the perfect products to protect you from these pathogens. These products are specifically our spill kits that are used to protect employees or any person from pathogens and spills, and this includes Safetec’s: Spill Leader Kit Featuring Red Z, Multi-Purpose Spill Kit, EZ- Cleans Plus Kit.

These kits contain personal protection items for the cleanup of blood or body fluid spills. Encapsulating and containing potentially infectious spills helps reduce employee exposure to infectious waste, as well as possible cross-contamination of co-workers, customers or family members. Any bodily fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids contain these pathogens.

If you become exposed to a bloodborne pathogen you should do a few of these things: wash exposed skin, cuts, and needlestick injuries thoroughly with soap and water, If you have been splashed by potentially infectious fluids around the eyes, nose or mouth, flush the area with water. You should immediately report the incident to emergency medical services and your supervisor at work and finally, seek an evaluation from a medical professional. To prevent this incident from occurring in your facility visit safetec.com and purchase spill kits designed to protect your most important asset, your employees, from bloodborne pathogens.

Resource:
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/recognition.html  

 

Topics: Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Worker Safety

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