Bloodborne pathogens are a serious threat to people who work in the beauty industry. Although there are laws in place to protect employees from exposure, many salon owners and stylists fail to enforce these policies. If you're concerned about your own safety or that of your loved ones, this article will help you understand what bloodborne pathogens are and how you can safeguard yourself against them.
Bloodborne Pathogens: The Hidden Dangers in the Beauty Industry
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that can cause disease in humans. The most common bloodborne pathogens are viruses and bacteria, but parasites and fungi also fall under this category.
Bloodborne diseases can be contracted through direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids like saliva, semen, or vaginal secretions. These include hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), HIV/AIDS, and other infections such as tetanus or rabies if not treated immediately after exposure to an infected person's bodily fluids.
It's important for you to protect yourself against these diseases by wearing protective gear when working with clients who may have been exposed to any type of infectious disease--especially those who've recently received treatment for one! For example: if someone has just come back from chemotherapy treatment for cancer then they should wear gloves while getting their hair done so as not to risk spreading any germs throughout the salon environment during their visit; similarly, if someone comes into your shop complaining about having mono then make sure they wash their hands before touching anything else around you like mirrors - otherwise there could be consequences later on down the road when people start asking questions about why we didn't take better precautions at first glance...
What is a Bloodborne Pathogen?
- What is a Bloodborne Pathogen?
- Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that can be transmitted from person to person through the exchange of body fluids. Transmission can occur when blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come into contact with broken skin, mucous membranes, or nonintact skin (such as cuts). These pathogens include hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
How Can I Protect Myself Against Bloodborne Pathogens?
- Wear protective clothing.
- Wash your hands after working with blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials.
- Use a barrier device when needed.
- Train your employees on how to properly put on their PPE before beginning work tasks; remind them regularly throughout each shift about proper hand hygiene practices such as washing immediately after finishing tasks involving exposure risks.
What are the Laws Regarding Bloodborne Pathogens in Beauty Salons?
The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires that employers educate employees about bloodborne pathogens, provide appropriate protective equipment, and ensure proper decontamination procedures are followed when an employee becomes contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).
Employees must be trained on how to handle potential exposure incidents at least annually; however, The Compliance Manual recommends training every six months in order to keep employees up-to-date on changes within your facility or industry.
- The best way to avoid exposure is to not be exposed in the first place. If you're working in a salon or spa that deals with blood and body fluids, it's important to take precautions.
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when needed--gloves, face masks and eye protection are all good examples of PPEs. These items should be used whenever you're dealing with clients who have cuts or open wounds on their bodies or faces.
We hope that this article has helped you understand the dangers of bloodborne pathogens in beauty salons. While the laws may be unclear, it is important to take precautions when working with clients and their blood. If you have any questions about how to protect yourself from exposure or what procedures should be followed in your salon, please contact us today!