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Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for Bloodborne Pathogens

This 3 minutes safety training video covers: How to reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens, why wearing gloves are mandatory in situations involving bloodborne pathogens, what are the different types of gloves, how to properly use disposable and utility gloves, how to dispose gloves safely, what are the safety precautions when using gloves, what are the importance of masks, eye protection and face shields, how to properly fit glasses and protect your eyes from potential hazards, how pocket and other facial coverings protects you from danger, what are the lab coats and other protective clothing.This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 28 minutes full length version.

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Bloodborne diseases continue to pose major health problems. Increasing infection rates for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are now making them as serious a concern as HIV, the virus which can often lead to AIDS. So it’s more important than ever for employees to understand the hazards of bloodborne pathogens, the policies and practices that can prevent their transmission, and the OSHA regulations that address them.

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Video Transcript

Personal protective equipment or ppe includes gloves, gowns, lab coats, face shields or masks and eye protection, mouth pieces, resuscitation bag, pocket masks or other ventilation devices. Gloves are the most common type of ppe, wear single use disposable gloves for providing direct patient care or whenever you anticipate contact with blood or other body fluids, mucous membranes, non-intact skin or potentially contaminated intact skin. Cover any hand cuts you may have before being glove. Be sure it fits snugly and extend above your wrist. Single use disposable gloves that are low protein and powder free are most often use. Wear them only once then throw them away. Use heavy duty utility gloves for housekeeping duties. When removing contaminated gloves be careful not to touch outside then wash or decontaminate your hands. You should wear masks and eye protection or face shields to protect your eyes, nose and mouth during activities that may generate splatters of blood or OPIM.