The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard was created to protect at-risk
medical professionals from dangerous exposure to blood and other
infectious biological materials. There are many professionals who
benefit from this standard, including but not limited to those who:
Draw blood from patients
Handle blood and other bodily specimens
Handle potentially hazardous equipment
Are directly in contact with patients
Pathogens Standard include bacteria,
viruses, and other organisms that can transfer disease from an
infected patient to those exposed to the infected blood or other
bodily materials. Reducing the risk of transfer is of the utmost
importance for heath care practitioners and technicians who work with
potentially infected materials.
are many best-practice behaviors and actions medical professionals
can take to adhere to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. These
steps include many vital actions that can significantly reduce the
chance of contamination due to bloodborne pathogens.
most important factor is education. Medical professionals and those
who handle biological materials must be aware of the risks of
pathogen transfer. Without adequate education about how pathogens
travel and how easily contamination can happen, it is possible to put
many people at risk.
use of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as sterile latex or
nitrile gloves, masks, and protective eyewear also reduces the risk
of direct exposure. Properly disposing of biological waste and blood
in specially designed containers labeled as “infectious waste”
or marked with a biohazard label helps reduce the chances of
contaminating other people and equipment.
Fluidics understands the need for
contamination safety and adherence to the Bloodborne Pathogens
Standard. Please visit our website for more information.
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