Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Reduces Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires employers to protect workers who are occupationally exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), as defined in the standard.  The best protection against exposure is to ensure you are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). To protect yourself, it is essential to have a barrier between you and the potentially infectious material.

Personal protective equipment may include gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks, eye protection, pocket masks, and other protective gear. The PPE selected must be appropriate for the task. This means the level and type of protection must fit the expected exposure.

  • Inspect gloves before use
  • Double gloving can provide an additional layer of protection.
  • If you have cuts or sores on your hands, you should cover these with a bandage or similar protection as an additional precaution before donning your gloves.
  • Don’t touch the outside of used gloves
  • Use goggles if there is a risk of splashing or vaporization of contaminated fluids
  • Face shields provide additional face protection for the nose and mouth.
  • Aprons protect