Reducing Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

Posted By : Aubrey Mead , on Jan, 2020

 

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

Bloodborne 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.

There 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Sharp 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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