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Bloodborne Pathogens - Glove Use

Use this exercise to improve inspection skills and teach employees to recognize and prevent workplace hazards.

Bloodborne Pathogens - Glove Use Answers

One responder is not wearing gloves. Gloves shall be worn when the employee may have hand contact with blood, other potentially infectious materials, and non-intact skin. Although one employee is not wearing gloves, it is possible that he is not a designated responder, and therefore does not have “occupational exposure” as defined in 1910.1030(b).

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2) Designated responders must be trained. All employees with occupational exposure must participate in a bloodborne pathogens training program which must be provided at no cost to the employee and during working hours. Although a Good Samaritan responder is not covered by the regulation, designated responders must have training. As a best practice, inform all employees about the basics of bloodborne pathogens, and tell non-designated employees to contact a designated employee if they observe a medical emergency.

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3) Treatment is being provided in a kitchen area. Do not contaminate food areas with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Provide first aid treatment away from food preparation and eating areas.

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4) Improper glove removal. The employee’s method of removing gloves provides risk of indirect contact with bloodbone pathogens. The other employee appears to have washed his hands. In addition, the area should be cleaned and disinfected. However, at least an indicent investigation was started immediately.

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5) The employer must comply with follow-up procedures. The employer shall make available the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccination series to all employees who have occupational exposure, and post-exposure evaluation and follow-up to all employees with occupational exposure who have had an exposure incident. Following a report of an exposure incident, the employer shall make immediately available to the exposed employee a confidential medical evaluation and follow-up.

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6) The employer may want to review the exposure control plan. Each employer having an employee(s) with occupational exposure shall establish a written Exposure Control Plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.

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