Housekeeping staff and can be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) through contaminated work environments.
OSHA requires clean and sanitary work environments to prevent contact with blood or OPIM. The employer must determine and implement an appropriate written schedule for cleaning and decontamination methods.
This written schedule must be based on the following:
Employees can be exposed to blood or OPIM through contact with the following:
All equipment and working surfaces must be cleaned and decontaminated after contact with blood or OPIM.
Protective coverings, such as plastic wrap or aluminum foil, must be removed and replaced as soon as possible, when they become overtly contaminated, or at the end of a work shift if they may have become contaminated during the shift [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(ii)(B)].
All bins, pails, cans, and similar receptacles intended for reuse which have a reasonable likelihood for becoming contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious material shall be inspected and decontaminated on a regularly scheduled basis.
It must be cleaned and decontaminated immediately or as soon as feasible upon visible contamination [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(ii)(C)].
Broken glassware which may be contaminated must not be picked up directly with hands; use mechanical means, such as use a brush and dustpan, tongs or forceps [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(ii)(D)].
Employees can be exposed to blood and other potentially infectious agents from handling contaminated laundry during handling in utility rooms.
Some facilities allow employees to rinse contaminated laundry or laundry that might contain sharps, in dirty utility "hopper" rooms, instead of simply putting it in a container and then transporting it to the laundry.
The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard requires the following:
For more in-depth information on the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, please see OSHAcademy course 655 Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace.
There are several good work practice controls your employer can implement. Here are a few ideas:
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