Tailgate Safety Talks
Blood and Bodily Fluid Safety
This Tailgate Talk is part of the NLTAPA collection.
Blood or other bodily fluids may contain infectious organisms that can cause diseases such as Hepatitis B, C, and HIV. If blood or other bodily fluids comes in contact with the eyes, mouth, skin, mucous membranes or through a needle stick immediate action is required. Washing exposed area thoroughly, reporting the incident to your supervisor and seeking medical attention are all required actions.
Always assume blood is infectious
Avoid contact with potentially infectious material
Follow all infection control protocols
Wear your personal protective equipment—always
Follow good hygiene—frequently wash hands
If you must handle a sharp object then use equipment such as forceps
Report any exposures immediately to your supervisor
Decontaminate surfaces and materials that have been used to handle, store or temporary place objects that may have come in contact with blood or PIMs. Apply disinfectants (e.g. chlorine bleach solution, Lysol and other EPA-recommended disinfectants) on tools and surfaces. Observe proper precautions when discarding regulated wastes, contaminated sharps and containers.
According to the 29CFR 1910.1030 or OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, employers should develop an exposure control plan to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to potentially infectious body fluids.
Resources and References:
CDC Blood safety webpage URL:
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Needle Stick Prevention webpage URL
OSHA 29CFR 1910.1030 Reference Guide