Prevention & Precautions

OSHA Required Prevention:
  Engineering Controls
  Work Practices
  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  Universal Precautions
  Body Substance Isolation (BSI)

Engineering Controls
  Labeling of infectious materials (biohazard labeling)
  Cleaning faculties (eye, hands, showers, etc…)
  Containment of infectious materials (containers, refrigerators’, freezers, bags, etc…)
  Proper waste control (transportation, etc…)
  Reusable tools should be labeled in appropriate storage

Sharp with Engineered Sharps Injury Protections (SESIP)
  Retractable needles
  Retractable finger-prick lancet
  Needleless systems (needle guards, blunted needles, retractable scalpels, etc…)

Proper recapping of needles
  One-handed motion
  Mechanical device

  Document injury
  Safe sexual contact
  Stop breastfeeding
  Immediate evaluation of presumed illnesses

Work Practices

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) disposure in appropriate places and thorough cleaning of hands before/during & after, usage of gloves and all reusable tools. Usage of sharp objects must be adequately disposed of and/or cleaned. Workstation and environment (must be cleaned regularly) with proper towels, tools, etc… for later use and disposal. Proper usage of tools to pick up contaminated objects and fluids.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Used for Prevention of: Bloodborne Pathogens and OPIM’s

Protecting: Head, torso, arms, hands, feet, etc…

All PPE should be properly disposed of after usage of such equipment in proper disposal units.

Equipment: gloves, aprons, gowns, face protectors, masks, safety eye glasses, coats, linen.

Bleach solutions usage:
For medical equipment 1:10
For work stations 1:100

Universal Precautions

All blood and other body fluids are to be considered infected besides: Vomit, nasal, sweat, tears, saliva, sputum, urine

Body Substance Isolation (BSI)

BSI practices are used to lessen the chances of transmissions of any diseases and/or infections—all fluids are to be suspected of infectious diseases. OSHA’s guidelines are to be followed by all persons dealing/working with Bloodborne Pathogens and other OPIM’s. These guidelines are for the protection of all workers and bystanders who come in contact with any Bloodborne Pathogens and OPIM’s.

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