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Exposure in the Workplace: Bloodborne Pathogens

Workplace accidents are often defined as slips and falls, however, there is a danger in the workplace that places millions of workers at risk each year: bloodborne pathogens. Bacteria and viruses that live in blood and other body fluids can cause harmful diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. These incidents frequently go unreported due to the time and cost associated with proper tests required after exposure.

Bloodborne pathogens are invisible to the human eye and can spread easily through a variety of workplace situations such as cleaning up tools after an accident or aiding a bleeding coworker. According to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, “In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protection measures.” Workplace safety and prevention begins with proper procedures put in place by company leadership.

EHS offers a Bloodborne Pathogen Program focused on reducing exposure to pathogens in the workplace. While there is no way of knowing if someone is carrying a bloodborne pathogen, there are intentional steps your company can take to prevent the spreading of disease. Contact EHS Management today to ensure your company is following all of the necessary EHS rules and regulations and improving workplace safety and sustainability.