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Antimicrobials for Pathogens in Blood and Body Fluids

Blood and other body fluids have the potential to carry germs that can pose a public health threat. They can transmit hepatitis and many other diseases. Hospitals, medical and dental offices, laboratories, schools and laundry facilities are just a few of the locations that can occasionally get contaminated with blood and body fluids containing infectious germs. Without the proper use of antimicrobial pesticides, these areas could pose a risk of infection to workers and others. As such, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the Blood Borne Pathogen Standard to protect workers in these environments.

In order to protect public health, the EPA requires any product claiming to control disease-causing pathogens to prove their effectiveness before they are registered with the EPA and placed on the market.

Here are some tips for selecting antimicrobial products:

Additional Resources:

Antimicrobials for Ebola

Antimicrobials for Flu Viruses (H1N1, Avian, etc.)

Antimicrobials for MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

Antimicrobials for Clostridium difficile

Antimicrobials for Candida auris

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Last updated March 20, 2017

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