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Departmental Safety Representative (DSR) Session: Bloodborne Pathogens. Kellie Mayer Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator. Bloodborne Pathogens. Any pathogenic microorganisms or OPIM (other potentially infectious materials) present in human blood that can cause disease in humans.
Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator
Saliva (in dental procedures)
Any unfixed tissue or organ from a human
Any body fluid visibly contaminated with blood
All body fluid where it is difficult to distinguish between body fluids
Cell or tissue cultures that were HIV or HBV infectedOPIM includes the following:
Veterinarians and vet staff
Nursing Staff: RN's, LPN's, NA's
Scientific Department Personnel
Housing and Resident Life
Facilities services staffJob classifications in which employees may have occupational exposure are:
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The risk of occupational exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, warning signs or labels, and other provisions described in this next section.
of employee hand contact with blood, OPIM, mucous membranes, or non-intact skin
Latex gloves have proven effective in preventing transmission of many infectious diseases to health care workers. However, for some workers, exposures to latex may result in allergic reactions.
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Even though the use of PPE is very important in controlling exposure to BBPs, it is your last line of defense against exposure if engineering and work practice controls fail.
Do not rely only on PPE for protection.
Work surfaces should be decontaminated with an appropriate disinfectant such as 10% bleach solution or an EPA approved disinfectant after completion of procedures, immediately or as soon as feasible when surfaces are overtly contaminated or after any spill, and at the end of the work shift.
The ECP must be updated annually to include:
Failure to follow these policies could result in disciplinary action.
(985) 966-6515 for further instructions.
It is VERY important to bring the patient’s source blood (if available) with you when you report for initial evaluation. Your care is dependant on the HIV, HBV, and HCV status of the source patient to whom you were exposed.Similarly, when dealing with nonhuman primates it is important to note which monkey was the source for the bite/scratch to allow for proper evaluation of infection in the source animal.
Failure to do this can result in delayed or unnecessary treatment for you.
2. Promptly report the incident to your supervisor.
3. Complete the First Report of Injury and EPINet forms.
4. Report to appropriate clinic/emergency department (depending on your location) for medical evaluation.
You can always reach the Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator 24 hours a dayby work cell phone (504)419-1391 or call (504)988-5486 and press 1.
Tulane UniversityOffice of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)Please contact the BBP Coordinator for questions, comments, and/or interactive discussion. Kellie C. Mayer (504-419-1391) firstname.lastname@example.org
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