EMPLOYEE WELCOME GUIDE 18 CULTURE OF SAFETY Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) The BBP Exposure Control Plan provides information on: • Hepatitis B vaccinations. • Jobs and tasks that are risky. • How to choose personal protective equipment (PPE). If you have questions about BBP: • Contact Health at Work or Infection Prevention. • After hours, hospital staff contact the Administrative Coordinator. • Refer to the Bloodborne Pathogen Management Plan. Blood Spills, Exposures and Personal Protective Equipment To clean a blood spill: 1. Put on gloves and other PPE appropriate to the size of the spill. 2. Contain the spill. 3. Clean up the blood and dispose of appropriately. 4. Spray the surface with an approved disinfectant. 5. Wipe clean. If you are exposed to blood or other body fluids: • IMMEDIATELY wash the exposed skin with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water not immediately available). Flush mucous membranes with water or saline. • Report to your Health at Work nurse or the Administrative Coordinator after hours. • Complete Report of Injury, Illness or Exposure through Safety Zone Portal. When handling blood or “Other Potentially Infectious Materials” (OPIM) and anytime there is a risk of a splash you MUST use the following PPE: • Gloves–when handling blood or OPIM. • Gowns–when there is a risk of splash of blood or OPIM to clothing. • Masks and goggles (both) or face shields–when blood or OPIM could splash your face. Make sure you know where to find these items and how to use PPE. Standard Precautions for ALL Patients in Health Care Standard precautions are designed for the care of all patients regardless of their diagnosis or presumed infection status. These precautions apply to the following: • Blood • All body fluids • Secretions and excretions (except sweat) • Non-intact skin • Mucous membranes Care and cleanliness of Cone Health • Cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene • Safe handling of laundry • Patients on precautions and safe transportation • Handling of dirty patient-care equipment, instruments and devices For more details, see the Infection Prevention Standard and Transmission Based Precautions Policy.