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How to Recognize Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

This 5 minutes safety training video covers: How to properly label infectious materials, what are the labeling requirements for infectious materials, what is contamination, what are biohazard labels, where do we see biohazard labels, what are the ways to recognize activities that might involve exposure to bloodborne pathogens, how to reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens, what are engineering controls and work practice controls, why hand washing is one of the most important practice in preventing bloodborne diseases.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

Cleaning the physical environment carriers a risk of exposure as well. You may have to dispose of blood soak cotton balls, dressings and tissues drenched with nasal or lung discharge or you may have to handle bloody linen. Sharps include not only needles but also broken glass, anything that can puncture or cut your skin. Infection can enter your body if the infectious material splash in a mucous membranes of your mouth, eyes or nose. Nearly 1/3 of all sharps injury happened during disposal, this risk can be decrease by placing sharp containers within easy reach and slightly below eye level. 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.