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Bloodborne pathogens


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Bloodborne pathogens1
Bloodborne pathogens

Your safety is in your hands

Bloodborne pathogens2
Bloodborne pathogens

  • Bodily fluids, especially those visibly contaminated with blood, are capable of causing disease.

  • The most common ways pathogens can enter your body, in a school setting, are through a cut in the skin, through your eyes or mouth.

Who what why
Who, What & Why?

  • Whoare theemployees that are most at risk?

  • What protects employees from occupational risk exposure?

  • Occupational exposure to bloodbornepathogens, although infrequent,does happen at school.

Occupational health and safety association
Occupational Health and Safety Association

  • Bloodborne Regulation (29 CF 1910.1030)

    • Applies to all persons who may reasonably anticipate contact with blood or other potentially infectious

      body fluids

Hbv hcv hiv hepatitis b hepatitis c human immunodeficiency virus
HBV, HCV & HIVHepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Exposure to a bloodborne pathogen places employees at risk for:

  • Contracting the above diseases

  • Becoming very ill

  • In some cases may be fatal

Hiv vs hepatitis b


Transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk

Virus lives outside the body for only a few hours

No vaccination available

Hepatitis B

Transmitted through blood, semen and vaginal secretions

Virus lives outside the body for up to 7 days

Contaminated surfaces are a major factor in the spread of HBV.

Up to 100 times easier to catch than HIV

Vaccinations available –

3-4 doses

HIV vs Hepatitis B

Human immunodeficiency virus hiv
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

  • HIV attacks your body’s ability to protect itself against disease

  • Initially no visible signs of having the virus

  • Most people with HIV develop AIDS

  • There is no vaccination for HIV

Hepatitis b
Hepatitis B

  • Poses a greater risk to school personnel than HIV

  • Approximately 1.25 million people in the US carry HBV

  • HBV causes serious liver disease

  • Acute symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain and weight loss

  • While most people recover from HBV infection some become chronically infected.

Hepatitis c virus
Hepatitis C Virus

  • Chronic infection with HCV is much more common than with HBV

  • Symptoms may not occur for many years after the infection

  • HCV also causes a serious liver disease

  • There is no vaccine

Hiv hbv hcv

  • The following substances do not spread the HBV, HVC and HIV viruses unless blood is present:

    • Feces

    • Nasal congestion

    • Saliva

    • Sputum

    • Sweat / tears

    • Urine

    • Vomit

How do i protect myself
How do I protect myself?

  • The most effective means of protecting yourself is by using a hand sanitizer or by vigorous handwashing with warm soap and water.

  • An HBV vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself from Hepatitis B.

  • Wear gloves whenever handling blood or anything that might have blood in it or on it.

When to wash
When to Wash

  • Before eating

  • Before handling clean equipment or utensils

  • Before and after assisting with feeding

  • After assisting with toileting or diapering

  • After contact with any body secretions

  • After handling soiled diapers, garments or equipment

  • After removing disposable gloves

Universal precautions
Universal Precautions

  • Assume that every exposure to blood and body fluids is a risk.

  • Universal precautions are required by OSHA to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens while providing first aid or health care


  • Wear disposable gloves when handling any fluids requiring universal precautions.

  • Always check gloves for holes.

  • No latex gloves to be used. Risk of allergy!


  • Take hold of first glove at wrist.

  • Fold it over and peel it back, turning it inside out as it goes.

  • Once the glove is off, hold it with your gloved hand.

  • To remove the other glove, place your bare fingers inside the cuff without touching the glove exterior.

  • Peel the glove off from the inside, turning it inside out as it goes.

  • Use it to envelope the other glove.


  • Best way to avoid contracting HBV is to be immunized against it.

  • Vaccine provides 90% protection for 7 or more years. Also 70-88% effective when given within one week of exposure.

  • OSHA requires vaccinations be made available to all employees with occupational exposure

  • Employees must sign a form if they choose to decline vaccine.

If you re exposed to blood
If you’re exposed to blood

  • If skin contact, wash off with non-abrasive soap and water.

  • If blood gets in your eyes or mucous membranes, immediately flush eyes with large amounts running water for at least fifteen minutes.

Safe clean up
Safe clean up

  • Blood spills should be cleaned up promptly with a freshly prepared disinfectant solution of bleach. ( ¼ cup bleach to 1 gallon cold water.)

  • Bleach retains germicidal ability for 24 hours.

  • Use disposable towels.

  • Wear gloves.

The exposure control plan
The Exposure Control Plan

Ensures that employees are :

  • Aware of potential hazards from exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

  • Advised of the appropriate procedures to avoid exposure.

Report the exposure
Report the Exposure

  • Complete accident report as soon as possible after incident

  • Turn it in to your supervisor and follow their instructions

  • Remember that most exposures do not result in infection