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How Bloodborne Diseases are Transmitted

This 4 minutes safety training video covers: What is parenteral exposure, what is bloodborne transmission, what are the infectious materials, how to prevent parenteral exposure, what is exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens, what is the purpose of exposure control plan.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

Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV spread most easily through contact with blood. They also spread through contact with excretions, secretions except sweat, non-intact skin and other potentially infectious materials called OPIM as well as any other body fluid or tissue containing visible blood. OPIM also includes cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures as well as non-intact skin or organs from living or dead humans, cell tissue or organ cultures and other biological matter from lab experiments. You can be exposed to these bloodborne viruses if a contaminated sharp punctures your skin or blood or OPIM splash your broken skin or the mucus membranes of your eyes, nose or mouth.