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February 19, 2008

Accidents and Hazards Put Employees at Risk


hazardsVirtually, everyone has the potential of being exposed to highly contagious and dangerous viruses called Bloodborne Pathogens. Bloodborne Pathogens are infectious diseases that contaminate human blood, which can result in severe illness and possibility death. Bloodborne pathogens, such as: “HIV”, “Hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E), Syphilis, and Malaria can all be transmitted through the transfer of bodily fluids. Employees in, but not limited to, Healthcare, Public Safety, and Emergency Response fields run  the highest risk of Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. Training on safety, handling, and emergency response will help minimize exposure, creating a healthier and safer work environment.  In addition, the reduction of the risks to exposure reduces costs, increases employee attendance, and productivity.

Why OSHA step in:

In 1991, the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reported that there is thousands of people getting infected with Bloodborne pathogens annually from occupational exposure.  For the safety of the employees OSHA issued standards that require employers to make “Exposure Control Plans”, a strict set of guidelines, for the organizations to adhere to. Employers are also required to provide Bloodborne Pathogen Training to all employees, at least once a year.

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training covers all the information related to blood-borne pathogens: what the diseases are, how they are transmitted, how to handle them, and disposal of possibly contaminated fluids.  Blood-borne Pathogens Training Video and PowerPoint provides detailed understating of Blood-borne pathogens. This interactive medium keeps your employees interested and involved in the training.

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