US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first aid team members, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel may be at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
The OSHA standard (1910.1030) requires specific precautions for workers in many occupations, including first aid team members, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and others whose jobs will likely expose them to Blood borne pathogens. Although hotels are not specifically covered by the standard, a reasonable minimal approach is recommended to ensure hotel employees are aware of the hazard and that they know what to do under certain circumstances.
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