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Bloodborne Pathogens Information

The potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens is significant.

Therefore, CNM will take every step to inform students and employees of the threat and how to protect yourself and those with whom you work.

  • Universal precautions for Bloodborne Pathogens will be observed at CNM in order to prevent contact with biohazardous materials.
  • All biohazardous materials will be considered infectious regardless of the perceived status of the source individual.

  • Use mechanical controls to eliminate or minimize your exposure.
  • In work areas where there is a reasonable likelihood of exposure to biohazardous materials, do not eat, drink, apply cosmetics or lip balm, smoke or handle contact lenses.
  • Do not store or keep food and beverages in refrigerators, freezers, shelves, cabinets or on counter tops or bench tops where biohazardous materials are present.
  • Do not place biohazardous materials in your mouth.
  • Conduct all experiments in a manner that minimizes airborne droplets of biohazardous materials.
  • Wash your hands after removing personal protective gloves or when your skin has been exposed to biohazardous materials.
  • Place all specimens of biohazardous materials in containers that prevent leakage during handling, processing, storage and transport.
  • Wear personal protective equipment when other controls are not sufficient to protect you from potential exposure to biohazardous materials.
  • Before beginning work, you should be trained on biohazardous materials where exposure to biohazards may occur and should be retrained annually after that.
  • All containers of biohazardous materials are labeled with the “BIOHAZARD” label.
  • All sharps and regulated waste containers are red in color and labeled with the “BIOHAZARD” symbol and the words “BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE or SHARPS WASTE .”  Handle them in a safe manner.
  • If your duties include activities that could expose you to blood or other potentially infectious materials, you have a right to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B.
  • If you choose not to be vaccinated, you will be asked to sign a refusal form. Your instructor or supervisor has the details and will direct you through this process.

If you are exposed to blood or other potentially infections materials, you have a right to be seen by a physician of your choice, at CNM's expense. Your  instructor or supervisor has the details and will direct you through this process.