In the workplace, bloodborne pathogens (BBP) may be transmitted when blood or other infectious body fluids come in contact with mucous membranes (your eyes, nose, mouth), non-intact skin (due to cuts, abrasions, burns, rashes, paper cuts), or by handling or touching contaminated materials or surfaces.
Responding to Injuries:
Ensure your own safety by following these universal precautions to protect yourself from bloodborne pathogens:
- Check the area for hazards before responding;
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are infectious;
- Wear disposable gloves, face shields, masks, aprons, and other barrier devices to prevent contact;
- Have the victim bandage his or her own wounds, if able;
- Don’t pick up sharp objects with your hands as they could puncture your gloves and skin;
- Clean and disinfect the affected area with a solution of 10 parts water to one-part bleach, or another appropriate disinfecting solution;
- Remove gloves and other protective equipment in a manner that prevents exposure;
- Place all contaminated items in appropriately marked bags or containers;
- Thoroughly wash any part of your body that may have been exposed to a bodily fluid with soap and water;
- Report any exposure or unprotected contact with potentially infectious bodily fluids to your employer so that medical follow-up can be made; and
- Disinfect cleaning equipment to prevent spreading viruses to other areas of the facility.
THINK SHARP…NEVER HANDLE BROKEN GLASS WITH BARE HANDS!!
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