There are occupational hazards present in every profession, and the possibility of infection from bloodborne pathogens is a risk that spans all lines of work. Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms present in human blood, such as the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Exposure to any materials potentially contaminated with human blood or other bodily fluids is a serious health hazard, and is stringently regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency under the United States Department of Labor.
In accordance with OSHA safety standards, all businesses must have an exposure control plan for any employees who are at risk of exposure to contaminated materials during the fulfillment of their occupational duties. This plan should be designed to reduce or eliminate contact with bloodborne pathogens, and should specifically address response procedures to incidents like spills of potentially infectious fluids. The proper equipment should be provided to safely remove and dispose of spilled fluids and to disinfect the contaminated area. The safest product for performing this task is a bloodborne pathogen spill kit.
A proper biohazard spill kit should contain disposable protective clothing such as goggles, gloves, a face mask, and a protective apron, to prevent direct contact with the spill during the cleaning process. This will minimize the chance of infection. Products for efficiently containing and removing the spill should be included, such a solidifying agent and scraper, and a method for disinfecting the contaminated area is also a crucial component. All employees should be instructed in the use of the spill kit. Having a proper spill kit available is a precaution that will help keep the workplace safer for everyone.
Mailyoursharps offers a simple, cost effective solution that complies with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Guidelines.
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