TRC Chaperone Training
Meeting the client
Visible and Hidden Disabilities
Well-being of your client
Online Certification Quiz
What are bloodborne pathogens?
According to the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA www.osha.gov )
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious
microorganisms in human blood (and other
bodily fluids) that can cause disease in humans.
These pathogens include, but are not limited to,
hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
What are the risks?
As a chaperone, you are not nearly as likely to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens as, say, those professions listed above. However, there are definitely situations that are present in very “ordinary” situations that can cause a hazard.
Since you may be accompanying a person after a medical procedure such as surgery or dialysis, or accompanying an elderly and/or frail person, there are circumstances that may crop up that are reason for caution.
Since these pathogens are contained in any bodily fluid, including blood, you may be exposed if your client vomits, is bleeding after dialysis, or has an involuntary bladder problem. None of these involves the more critical situation of needlestick, or sharp object injury. Nonetheless, all bodily fluids should be treated as if they are contaminated.
Depending on ride hailing service protocol, you may be required to provide clean-up. The vehicle should contain a bloodborne pathogen “spill kit”. Typical contents of the spill kit include:
Protective clothing (gloves, overalls, overshoes, safety goggles)
Absorbent materials (paper towels, spill pads, spill socks)
Disposal bags with tape or twist ties
Dustpan and polypropylene broom
Container for waste
You will determine to what extent any of these materials is necessary. In any case, do whatever is necessary to eliminate contact with the potentially infected bodily fluid.