Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) blood borne pathogen standard1 has been in place for years, many healthcare organizations continue to experience significant employee injuries involving blood borne pathogen exposures.

This RiskTopic explores blood borne pathogen exposures to home healthcare workers. It also offers guidance to help prevent injuries from blood and bodily fluids for those working in this environment.

Home healthcare workers may be exposed to serious diseases while working with clients in the home environment. The risks increase when infectious agents are present in a client’s blood and bodily fluids. Knowledge of these exposures and how to prevent them is essential.

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