of Blood borne Pathogens
Blood borne pathogens
can be transmitted when infectious blood or OPIM is introduced
into the bloodstream of a person. Transmission of blood borne
pathogens in the workplace can occur through the following routes
- Parenteral exposure - this means that the infected blood
or OPIM is introduced directly into your body through a
break in the skin. Examples include: a needle-stick injury
or a cut with a piece of contaminated glass.
- Mucous membrane exposure - this means that the infected
blood or OPIM enters your body through contact with a mucous
membrane found in your eye, nose or mouth.
Blood borne pathogens may also be transmitted
- Sexual contact
- Infected women may expose their newborn children to BBP's
through amniotic fluid, through blood during the birthing
process, and (less likely) through breast milk.