Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms found in blood and other bodily fluids that can cause disease in people. Today’s Safety Saturday moment shares how to avoid exposure.
Bloodborne pathogens are most commonly transmitted through being stuck with an object that’s already been contaminated or in direct contact with bodily fluids and broken skin. Any person administering first aid has the opportunity to be exposed. On construction sites, we are constantly exposed to situations that can cause injury and medical care may be necessary.
In the event that you need to administer first aid to someone who’s been hurt, it’s important to treat all blood and body fluids as if they are known to be infectious and avoid direct contact. Always wear gloves and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth Whether or not you’re likely to have occupational exposure to blood, it’s important to know the potential dangers of bloodborne pathogens.
Until next time, from all of us at the W. L. French Safety Department, stay safe out there.