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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bloodborne Pathogens for Cafeteria Workers

A student who cuts himself in the school cafeteria could shed infected blood that carries bloodborne pathogens. Cafeteria workers must take extra care to guard themselves from the infected blood that could carry the bloodborne diseases – HIV and hepatitis B and C.

Employees must always be aware of their surroundings and use appropriate protection when cleaning up body-fluid spills, such as blood or vomit. They can also wear PPE that protects them from exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including protective eyewear and gloves.

Good personal hygiene habits also reduce the risk of exposure. If employees get infectious material on their hands, the sooner they wash, the better their chance of staying healthy. Good housekeeping practices are also important. Employees should clean and decontaminate the equipment after contact with potentially infectious material and put contaminated sharp objects in sealable containers.

Cafeteria employees should take these steps to minimize the risk of infection from bloodborne pathogens.