Safety Management System 2007

SMS ST003 2007



As foodservice and housekeeping workers we might find it necessary, at some point, to help a co-worker who has been injured and is bleeding. We might also find that in the scope of our job we will have to clean up areas where bloodborne pathogens, such as blood or other bodily fluids may have been present. These conditions are considered biological hazards, or "biohazards." It is natural to be concerned about the co-worker and with doing our job. But at the same time we must be concerned with protecting ourselves from infection that this "Good Samaritan" act and the "reasonably anticipated" result of doing our job might lead to.

In the workplace, bloodborne pathogens (BBP) may be transmitted by:

  1. Blood or other infectious body fluids such as saliva, semen, vaginal secretions coming in contact with:
  1. Handling or touching contaminated (infectious) materials, or surfaces.

An individual may have Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and not know it, because of the long incubation period (time from exposure to disease and time symptoms begin to show). For this reason, all human blood and body fluids should be treated as if they are infectious, and all precautions should be taken to avoid contact. This rule is known as "universal precautions."

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) versus Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Exposure Areas

Precautions to Prevent Exposure

Treatment of Exposure

Any SONOCO personnel who have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens shall be treated immediately according to current medical practices. Records shall be kept to reflect this treatment.

Biological Hazard Warnings

Biological hazard warnings signify an actual or potential presence of a biohazard. They identify equipment, containers, rooms, materials, experimental animals, or any combination of these, which contain, or are contaminated with, viable hazardous agents. An example of this warning:

This plan shall be reviewed yearly or as necessary as new exposure control procedures come into effect or work conditions change. Implementation of these procedures shall be completed, with employee notification. In addition to current training for new hires in Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness, review training of existing personnel will be conducted on a yearly basis. Records of this training shall be kept in accordance with CFR 1910.1020.