Excerpt from a safety video
for J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Ted Schaar freelance business writer


Blood transports nutrients and oxygen around the body and is essential to life.

But blood may also harbor bacteria and viruses that can cause illness and even death. These harmful microorganisms are known as "bloodborne pathogens."

If blood containing pathogens touches your hands, eyes, or other parts of your body, you too could become infected, and you could become ill, and you could die.

Human tissue and body fluids such as saliva and tears may also harbor pathogens and likewise must be avoided.

There are many kinds of bloodborne pathogens, but the primary threats to employees are the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.

A vaccine is available to prevent and treat hepatitis B—more about this in a few minutes—but no vaccine is available for hepatitis C or HIV.

Take a moment now, and think about your coworkers—a nice bunch I know—and think about all the other people you come in contact with every day, whether service technicians, delivery personnel, or other vendor workers.

The truth is any of your coworkers and any visitor could be a carrier of a bloodborne pathogen, and the person might not even know it—this is why these diseases are sometimes called "silent killers."

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