Bloodborne Pathogens for Hospitality

SKU: C-453Duration: 19 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 19 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: 29 CFR 1910.1030 - Code of Federal Regulations

Languages: English

In the hospitality industry, which includes hotels and motels, employees may come into contact with blood or other possibly infectious bodily fluids. This can happen when cleaning rooms, stripping beds, and handling laundry. Given the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, this course will cover how workers can recognize the dangers of possible infection, what precautions are needed to minimize the risk, and what procedures to follow if exposed to possibly infectious bodily fluids.

Learning Objectives

  • Define bloodborne pathogens
  • List common types of bloodborne pathogens
  • Describe how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted from one person to another
  • List some requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Describe how to clean up infectious fluids
  • Describe the risks posed by sharps
  • Describe the proper technique for contaminated glove removal
  • Describe what to do if you are exposed to a bloodborne pathogen while unprotected

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What are bloodborne pathogens?
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria that, if present in blood, can cause disease in humans.

What are the most common bloodborne pathogens?
There are a number of bloodborne pathogens, but the most common blood related illnesses are hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that leads to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.

How are bloodborne pathogens transmitted?
Bloodborne pathogens live in blood. An uninfected person can be infected if diseased blood, or other bodily fluids containing the pathogen, enter their body through a cut, scrape, or mucous membrane.

Can bloodborne pathogens be transmitted by casual contact?
Bloodborne pathogens cannot be transmitted by casual contact such as shaking hands, touching the same doorknob, or using the same restroom.

What can be done to minimize the transmission of bloodborne pathogens?
In workplaces where the chance of exposure to blood is high, equipment and procedures can be put in place to minimize the risk. The most important thing anyone can do is to wear protective barriers such as rubber gloves and safety goggles to prevent contact of infected blood with your skin.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Employees working in hospitality might also encounter smears or pools of blood or other infectious fluids. Some work teams have people specifically trained and equipped to properly handle such a situation, in which case they should be contacted. If you are responsible for cleaning up a contaminated area, follow these guidelines. • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are infectious. • Wear disposable latex or vinyl gloves during the entire cleaning and disposal process. • If there is any chance of splatter or splashing, also use goggles or a face shield. • Clean up the fluid spill and disinfect with paper towels or disposable rags, and place all contaminated articles in a plastic biohazard trash bag.
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