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Bloodborne Pathogens. What you must know to protect yourself Source-OSHA informational fact sheet- Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. What are Bloodborne pathogens?.

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bloodborne pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens

What you must know to protect yourself

Source-OSHA informational fact sheet- Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations

what are bloodborne pathogens
What are Bloodborne pathogens?

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. Employees exposed to bloodborne pathogens are at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses.

requirements are found in title 29 cfr 1910 1030
Requirements are found in Title 29 CFR 1910.1030

In general the standard requires employers of our occupation to:

  • Establish an exposure plan- Know what tasks and procedures performed by employees result in their exposure.
  • Implement the use of universal precautions- (treating all human blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) as if known to be infectious for bloodborne pathogens)
requirements are found in title 29 cfr 1910 1030 continued
Requirements are found in Title 29 CFR 1910.1030-continued
  • Identify and ensure the use of work practice controls. These practices reduce the possibility of exposure by changing the way a task is performed, such as caring for needs of an injured student or staff member, handling of soiled laundry, and cleaning contaminated surfaces and items.
  • Provide Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves.
  • Make available post-exposure evaluation and follow-up to any occupationally exposed employee who experiences an exposure incident.
requirements are found in title 29 cfr 1910 1030 continued1
Requirements are found in Title 29 CFR 1910.1030-continued
  • Use labels and signs to communicate hazards.
  • Provide information and training to employees.
  • Maintain employee training records.
how you can protect yourself in the school setting
How You can protect yourself in the school setting
  • Latex gloves (personal protective equipment) must be worn when there is a possibility of your skin contacting blood or other potentially infectious materials(OPIM)/bodily fluids.
  • When a situation arises and no gloves are available, refrain from contact, and seek immediate assistance from a school nurse, campus administration, or custodians.
what is the district doing to assist with the protection of employees
What is the district doing to assist with the protection of employees?
  • Each campus office has latex gloves (personal protective equipment) available and encourages each teacher to have at least two in their classroom first aid kit.
  • Should a student become sick the custodial staff is trained to safely clean and disinfect the area.
  • Buses are equipped with protective items for potential exposure to blood and OPIM/bodily fluids.
need more information
Need More information?
  • Contact the school nurses, or
  • Central administration
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration- www.osha.gov 1-800-321-6742