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Six Essential Steps to Reducing the Impact of a Bloodborne Pathogen Incident

  Six Essential Steps to Reducing the Impact of a Bloodborne Pathogen Incident

     Free training course from Cintas prepares employees for emergencies

Business Wire

CINCINNATI -- March 28, 2013

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for bloodborne
pathogen (BBP) exposure violations at one worksite can exceed $160,000. To
reduce fines and protect employees from the spread of BBPs, Cintas Corporation
(NASDAQ: CTAS), a leader in first-aid and safety, today identified essential
steps for reducing the impact of a BBP emergency. To improve BBP safety
efforts, Cintas is offering customers free BBP training with the purchase of
any instructor-led training course.

“Although invisible to the human eye, BBPs present serious risks for
workplaces, like the spread of diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis
C,” said Nancy Petersen, Senior Marketing Manager Cintas. “It’s important for
employees, especially first responders such as janitorial and industrial
workers, to learn the dangers of BBPs and the proper protocols for limiting
exposure risk and handling incidents.”

The top steps for minimizing the impact of BBPs include:

     Create an exposure control plan – Exposure control plans outline
1.  occupational risks, prevention techniques like the use of PPE and
     emergency procedures. To draft it, get insight from employees across
     different job functions to determine hazards they may face.
     
     Train employees – Any employee who may come into contact with blood or
     certain bodily fluids as part of their job duties needs to complete
     annual BBP training. Make sure new employees complete this training as
2.   well. Classroom, DVD and online training should highlight modes of BBP
     transmission as well as information included in the exposure control
     plan. It’s also beneficial to offer training that includes hands-on
     skills checks to ensure pathogens have been isolated.
     
     Encourage use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – PPE such as
     gloves, eye shields, gowns and masks, creates a barrier between an
3.   individual and bloodborne pathogens. Make sure proper PPE is available
     and employees wear PPE when required, yet remove it before leaving work
     areas. Replace PPE when it wears out or is unfit for use.
     
     Keep clean-up kits onsite – In the event of a BBP incident, first
     responders will need to find a clean-up kit as soon as possible. These
4.   kits include instructions, additional PPE, paper towels and antiseptic
     wipes, biohazard bags and absorbent powders or pads. Place these kits and
     signage throughout the workplace in accessible and visible areas.
     
     Call for immediate medical support – In the event of a BBP incident,
     report the event to a supervisor before assisting the victim so that they
5.   can arrange for immediate medical evaluation. Wash the wound and other
     contaminated areas on the skin with soap and water, and flush eyes if
     necessary. Then, help the victim get to a medical professional to be
     inspected more thoroughly.
     
     Clean affected work areas – Remove blood or other fluids from work areas
6.   with absorbent materials, and then apply an appropriate disinfectant.
     Afterwards, properly dispose of waste by securely sealing it in biohazard
     bags and labeling it as hazardous.
     

“Safety directors need to understand that exposure to BBPs isn’t limited to
hospital settings,” added Petersen “Although these accidents occur without
warning, with precautions in place and thorough training, employees can feel
more at ease and businesses can reduce the opportunity for an exposure.”

For more information on the free Bloodborne Pathogens training from Cintas,
please visit www.cintas.com/BBPtraining.

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.

Contact:

Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jess Messenger, 312-664-1532
jmessenger@mulberrymc.com