• Bloodborne Pathogens

    Source:  US Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration:  https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/; The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH): https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/
    What are bloodborne pathogens?
    • Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    • Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens.

    • Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
    What can be done to control exposure to bloodborne pathogens?
    • In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens:

      • Regulations put forth by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require annual inservice training for school staff.

      • Likewise, NJ Dept. of Health regulation (N.J.A.C. 8:61-2) requires public and nonpublic schools and day care facilities to establish policies and procedures for handling blood and bodily fluids, and policies and procedures for post-exposure management. Additionally, schools and day care facilities are required to provide training and appropriate supplies for all school personnel.

    • Roxbury Staff members:  In addition to the annual training about bloodborne pathogens provided via GCN:

      • Click here for an Annual Employee Training presentation that reviews Bloodborne Pathogens, Accident Reporting, and Classroom use of Chemicals.  The guidance in this presentation was compiled by Lynda Zipparo, School Nurse of Cape May County Technical School; and edited by Dorothy Fagerlin, RN, BSN, CSN of Lincoln Roosevelet Elementary School.

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Protection Kit
    Follow Universal Precautions:  Assume that all blood and bodily fluid is capable of transmitting HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other contagious diseases.
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