It’s important that all school employees are properly trained so they know how to reduce their risk of contracting an illness transmitted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids. The objectives of the session are to help school employees identify bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) and risks of exposure, understand how certain diseases are transmitted through blood, determine the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in a school environment, prevent exposure by taking proper precautions, and respond appropriately if exposed to bloodborne pathogens.
Why “Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention in Schools” Matters:
- Knowledge of this topic will help create a safer school environment and lower risk of exposure.
- Determining the risks of exposure will help with the best plan for prevention.
- Bloodborne pathogens can cause fatal diseases. They include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
- Be aware of the potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens at school. Exposure can happen if a coworker suffers a bleeding injury, or when you are administering first aid to a student, touching a contaminated surface, cleaning up blood, cleaning a restroom, or touching a tool that has dried blood on it.
- Take universal precautions by assuming that all blood or bodily fluid is infected:
- Use PPE as a barrier between you and the source of infection, and follow safe work practices such as labeling and proper disposal of infectious material.
- -Decontaminate yourself by thoroughly washing up after potential exposure, and decontaminate any tools or equipment that might be exposed.
- Understand and follow exposure incident procedures if you think you might have been exposed.
- Finally, report all incidents of possible exposure to blood or bodily fluids.