Top Three Takeaways from OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training

BY: Kathryn Turner

 

Top Three Takeaways from OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training

As a critical element of OSHA Training,  how to handle and communicate hazards surrounding  Bloodborne pathogens is essential for the safety of all employees of an organization. Below we’ll take a look at some of the main points but encourage you to schedule a comprehensive training on this topic to further understand aspects and how to apply these aspects specifically to your organization. 

 

  1. Be Aware

One of the major ways Bloodborne Pathogens are controlled is through safe regulated medical waste disposal practices. Via Liquid or semi Liquid blood or other infectious materials, Bloodborne Pathogens can be transferred very easily so properly handling bio-hazardous waste is critical to eliminating the transfer. In addition, contaminated sharps are one of the top ways Bloodborne Pathogens can be spread. As we provide secure containers for contaminated sharps, we want to ensure workplace controls are communicated throughout the organization as to how to best protect everyone. Additionally, a sharps injury log is for all organizations with 10 or more employees as well as it is required for non-managerial healthcare employees to evaluate and participate in the selection of PPE to ensure safety throughout the organization.

 

      2. Talk it Up!

It is essential that all employees are aware of standards and procedures. An organization must have a copy of OSHA Bloodborne pathogen standards posted in a frequently visited area, establish 4 required safety plans an Expose Control Plan (ECP), Emergency Action Plan, Fire Safety Plan, GHS Hazard Communication Plan and ensure all employees understand all aspects. From standard precautions to engineering controls and work practice controls, it is essential that training be conducted on an annual basis.

 

      3. Follow the Law!

As of Dec 6th 1991, OSHA regulations became the law as they outline safeguards to protect employees against health hazards related to BBP. Common health hazards include Hepatitis B & C and the human immunodeficiency virus. In addition to federal requirements, 26 states have approved-state plans with some states even recurring elements going beyond federal requirements. Organizations and departments including but not limited to Clinical laboratories , Physicians officesDental Offices, Blood or tissue banks, Veterinary Clinic, Urgent care clinics, emergency first aid hospice, long term care, Funeral Homes must abide by specific PPE selected products for the department or organization.

 

We encourage you to Be Aware, Talk it Up and Follow the Law as it pertains to protecting against Bloodborne Pathogens. As a local company, we here at Biosan want to ensure your medical waste disposal practices are protecting all aspects of your organization. To schedule a training on Bloodborne Pathogens and all other OSHA aspects, please call 716-817-8858.

Biosan is the only family-owned Medical Waste Provider serving the  Buffalo NY, Rochester, NY, Syracuse, NY, and Greater Erie PA Areas. Biosan is proud to be a part of Lincoln Family of Companies serving the Western New York Community since 1914.