Blood-borne pathogens are microorganisms in the bloodstream. They can cause many diseases, including AIDS, malaria, syphilis and hepatitis B.
WHERE BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS ARE FOUND
Blood-borne pathogens have been found in many bodily fluids, including:
- Vaginal secretions
- Breast milk
HELPING AN INJURED OR SICK CO-WORKER/STUDENT
Use “Universal Precautions” when you are exposed to blood or other bodily fluids in the work environment. Doing so means that you assume all bodily fluids are infectious and take the necessary protective measures. It is extremely important to use personal protective equipment and work practice controls to protect yourself from blood-borne pathogens. If a co-worker or a student is injured or sick, immediately contact your supervisor. Comfort the person, but avoid contact with blood and other bodily fluids.
The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan is to reduce or eliminate occupational exposure to bloodborne
pathogens and other potentially infectious material (OPIM).
If the accident scene involves bodily fluids, employees should not clean up the area. A trained person with proper personal protection equipment will perform this job.