Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted through blood and other human bodily fluids – known by the proper term ‘other potentially infectious materials’ – or OPIM for short.
Bloodborne pathogens can result in the transmission of bloodborne diseases from an infected person to a non-infected person if the neccessary exposure controls and precautions are not followed.
Some of the most common bloodborne pathogen transmissible diseases include Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, HIV, West Nile Virus, and syphilis. Often these diseases have no known cure, as in the case of Hepatitis B and HIV.
These infections can be extremely serious, and they are more easily transmitted when employees are unaware of required precautions when working with, or around, human blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).