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  • What to do if Exposed to Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials

    IF AN EXPOSURE OCCURS

    Two types of exposures include a superficial exposure, and an exposure incident. A superficial exposure may involve blood or OPIM coming into contact with an individual’s intact skin. An exposure incident means that blood or OPIM have entered the body through the skin
    or mucous membranes. Although there have been no reported cases of infected blood transmitting disease through intact skin, you should treat both types of exposure with caution.

    blood-in-vessel• Once you have removed your PPE, thoroughly wash your hands and all other affected body parts with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.

    • If your eyes are exposed, flush thoroughly with a constant stream of moving water for approximately 15 minutes.

    • Do not allow runoff to drain into the other eye or into any open wounds or mucous membranes.

    • Do not eat, smoke, or touch your face until you have removed all PPE and completely cleaned all exposed skin surfaces.

    • If you suspect that contaminated blood or OPIM have entered your bloodstream, wash the affected area thoroughly, then immediately seek medical attention.

    • Finally, make sure that any exposure is reported to your supervisor and the Human Resources Dept. This is an important step in controlling the spread of the pathogen, and in providing medical evaluation and counseling to an exposed individual.

    • A medical evaluation usually involves testing the exposed individual’s blood for antibodies. The results of these tests are kept confidential, even from the employer.

    If there is a spill of blood or OPIM in the workplace that does not involve exposure to any individuals, sterilize the contaminated area with a mixture of 1:10 bleach and water.

    Follow the concepts of Universal Precautions when cleaning and sterilizing a spill site. This includes:
    • The use of proper PPE and tools,
    • Proper disposal techniques, and
    • Reporting the incident to a supervisor.

    From Bodily Fluid Cleanup and Personal Protection, to Safe disposal of  items contaminated with Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) - We've got you covered!From Bodily Fluid Cleanup and Personal Protection, to Safe disposal of items contaminated with Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) - We've got you covered!

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  • PPE for BBP

    While Employers have a responsibility to provide bloodborne pathogen safety training when exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials exists in the workplace (even when only as part of a collateral duty, like performing CPR or First Aid) and the further obligation to provide personal protective equipment for guarding against exposure - Employees have an obligation, too.

    See all types of PPE for BBP! See all types of PPE for BBP!

    Employees have the responsibility of using PPE whenever the possibility of exposure to blood or body fluids exists. This equipment must not allow blood or OPIM to pass through to the employee’s clothes, skin, eyes, or mouth.

    • When handling materials or individuals contaminated with blood or OPIM, rubber gloves must be worn. Hypoallergenic gloves must be made available for individuals with allergic reactions to latex products.

    • Single-use gloves must be replaced as soon as possible after they have been contaminated or if they become torn or punctured.

    • Latex or rubber gloves should never be washed for reuse.

    • Rubber gloves are not sufficient protection for the handling of contaminated sharp objects such as needles or broken glass. For these functions, use heavy gloves, tongs, or other appropriate equipment that eliminates the risk of puncture and exposure.

    Other examples of personal protective equipment can include:

    • PLASTIC VISORS

    • HALF-FACE MASKS

    • FULL BODY SUIT/GOWN

    • EYE GOGGLES

    • CPR MASKS

    The type and amount of Personal Protective Equipment used should be appropriate to the exposure risk. Although your employer is responsible for providing you with PPE, it is your responsibility as an employee to:
    • Use PPE correctly and whenever necessary,
    • Inform your employer of any PPE improvements that you feel must be made to ensure your safety on the job.

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