Bloodborne pathogens are infectious materials in blood that can cause disease in humans. These include Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Protect yourself by treating all blood and body fluids as if they are infectious. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap after contact. After contact, flush your eyes and hands with fresh water for several minutes.

If an incident has occurred in which someone’s body fluids remain, the entire scene must be cleaned and disinfected. Have someone contact building management if it occurs in the office or, if it occurs in the field, the Site Safety Office.

All equipment must be disinfected properly. If it is unable to be properly discarded as biologically hazardous waste, be sure to wear gloves and other protective equipment as appropriate. This should include goggles, an apron, and appropriate protective clothing. If it is possible, use disposable towels and dispose of them properly.

If you happen to be cleaning surfaces that are being contaminated with blood, vomit, or feces, always wear gloves and protective apron and clothing. Be alert for sharp objects, broken glassware, and used syringes in the trash. Do not pick up broken glass. Instead, make use of a brush and dustpan or a broom.

Above all, remember that frequent hand washing is the best defense against blood borne pathogens.