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Sharps Safety/Postexposure Management Archived Through 2012
 FAQ - Sharps Safety/Postexposure Management - Archived Through 2012

 

 

Is there any type of liquid cleanser that public safety personnel can use on their hands immediately after a possible exposure incident? 

Wound and skin sites that have been in contact with blood or body fluids should be washed with soap and water. OSHA acknowledges that circumstances may arise where handwashing facilities may not be available and addresses the issue by allowing "…the use of alternative handwashing methods as an interim measure when soap and water are not a feasible means of washing the hands or other parts of the body. In such cases, the employer must provide either antiseptic hand cleaner and clean cloth/paper towels, or antiseptic towelettes. When these types of alternatives are used, employees must wash their hands (or other affected area) with soap and running water as soon as feasible thereafter.” (1)
References:
(1) OSHA. Compliance Directive CPL 2-2.69 - Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. Available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=DIRECTIVES&p_id=2570&p_text_version=FALSE 

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