|These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. |
|Did you know this? The Hepatitis B virus can live up to a week on a dried environmental surface. |
|Bloodborne Pathogens can be transmitted from an infected person's blood, body fluid or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) enters another person's body via needle-sticks, human bites, cuts, abrasions, or through mucous membranes. |
|An Important Tip: |
Any body fluid with blood is potentially infectious.
Many times the particles of blood in the body fluid may not be visible to the eye.
Do not assume the body fluid is NOT harmful, even if it appears not to contain blood!
All blood and body fluids should be treated as potentially harmful and infectious.