Prioritizing Staff Safety
Infection Prevention That Exceeds Standards
One of our values is "Be Safe." That's one of the reasons why we prioritize staff safety; both ours and yours.
We are fanatical about infection prevention, and we understand the challenges and regulations central to the medical industry. Our laundering processes meet or exceed OSHA, CDC, and HLAC standards and comply with Joint Commission requirements.
We even use barrier methods and air-flow monitoring in our facilities, as well as EPA-registered sanitizers and bacteriostatic softeners in our wash processes to keep products sanitized, even after they leave our facility. This is just one example of how we go beyond standards to ensure your linens, gowns and scrubs are safe - for our staff, yours, and your patients.
Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Plan
“If it's wet, dry or sticky – and it's not yours – put a barrier between you and it.”
This easy-to-remember phrase helps ensure our associates comply with OSHA and BBP standards. We make significant investments in initial and ongoing training and equipment to comply accordingly. In response to OSHA’s “Occupational Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens” Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 (effective March 1992) and the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Emergency Act of 1990, ImageFIRST instituted a Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Plan.
“... nearly all laundry used in patient care can be considered contaminated." OSHA CFR 1910.1030 - Premables
ImageFIRST has implemented OSHA’s recommended procedures to protect medical practice clients and associates who may potentially be exposed to the presence of blood and/or body fluids from the handling and processing of medical products or from response to an emergency situation. OSHA addresses Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) in its standard, not Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). ImageFIRST has also implemented the Ryan White Act to address HIV risks.
The following outlines our Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan:
- Associate exposure determination
- Methods of compliance
- HBV vaccination and post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
- Communication of hazards to associates
- Record-keeping procedures
- Procedures for evaluation of circumstances surrounding exposure incidents
- Mandatory annual BBP Training administered to all ImageFIRST associates
Keeping our associates healthy and safe protects you as well as your patients. We have also made significant investments to implement processes that meet or exceed OSHA's recommended practices for dealing with blood and other bodily fluids. This extensive training and protocol sets ImageFIRST apart from the rest.