Bloodborne Pathogens – 4 Points on Identifying and Managing Occupational ExposurePosted: February 1, 2012
Buy New Age Caterer’s Bun – Bloodborne pathogens are viruses in the blood that may infect and cause serious diseases if such blood or certain body fluids comes in contact with another person. Employees at healthcare facilities form the majority when it comes to such risks due to the nature of their jobs which requires constant contact with patients and contaminated materials. However there are other occupations too where employees may contract infection due to bloodborne pathogens.
Identifying Occupations: In additions to healthcare there are certain other occupations that are vulnerable to infections caused by bloodborne pathogens.
Public Safety Workers comprising of law enforcement personnel like the police and correctional officers as well as firefighters may have to deal with injured people or carry out rescue that can put them at risk
Research personnel, laboratory staff, and people working at blood banks and tissue banks have to constantly work around blood or other samples that can be potentially infected.
Housekeeping staff in any healthcare facility have to continuously clean up any blood and fluid spillages, clear contaminated materials and disinfect the surrounding surface which puts them in a continual risk.
Often the bio-hazardous materials are collected from healthcare facilities by waste handlers who collect, transport and then appropriately dispose of such materials and have to be careful at all times against accidents due to poor storage.