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Protect your workers from blood-borne pathogens

Pathogens cause disease. Blood-borne pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria that can cause long-lasting infection in human blood and disease in humans.

To reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protection measures. The plan must also describe how an employer will use engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, employee training, medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other provisions as required by OSHA’s Blood-borne Pathogens Standard.

Engineering controls are the primary means of eliminating or minimizing employee exposure, which is why you and/or your staff need training and certification from G & G Safety Services. G & G Safety Services was founded by William Greene, who is a longtime authority on blood-borne pathogens. He and his team of experts will give you the hands-on training that’s crucial to your company, its employees and its clients.

It is imperative to know how exposure and transmission are most likely to occur in your workplace. Here are three facts to get you started.

  • 1. The various types of blood-borne pathogens include malaria, syphilis, brucellosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

  • 2. Hepatitis B and HIV can be transmitted through contact with any body fluid that’s visibly contaminated with blood. Blood-borne pathogens can also be in other potentially infectious body fluids such as cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid and saliva.

  • 3. Certain blood-borne viruses can live for days outside the body and still cause infection. Hepatitis B virus can live in dried blood for up to a week, and the hepatitis C virus can survive for up to four days.

Instruction from G & G Safety Services will give you peace of mind so your business can perform safely. G & G serves Richmond, Henrico and Glen Allen counties in Virginia. To learn how G & G can help you save a life, call them at 804-640-3081. G & G even travels to do on-site training and can accommodate large parties. For a free consultation and quote, call Bill Greene today

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