Bloodborne Pathogen


Definition - What does Bloodborne Pathogen mean?

Blood borne pathogens are diseases and bacteria that are carried in the bloodstream that can cause disease in humans. The most well-known of these pathogens are hepatitis (B/C) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). If workers come into contact with others blood, there is a chance that such pathogens could be passed. Workers in the medical profession are most at risk to exposure of blood borne pathogens in the workplace.

Safeopedia explains Bloodborne Pathogen

Though blood-blood contact is the most common way of such pathogens being passed, they can also be passed through seminal and vaginal fluid or saliva. All who work around such bodily fluids must be vigilant in ensuring that gloves and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn. Pathogens can be passed through broken skin, so those who have cuts, scratches or open acne sores must ensure they are properly protected. If you do come into contact with bodily fluid, you must report the incident with your health and safety representative, who will ensure you undergo the appropriate treatment and testing to minimize any possible contamination.

This definition was written in the context of Environmental, Health, and Safety
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