Safety & Environmental Management

What are bloodborne pathogens and how might I be exposed?


Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms that can be present in and transmitted through human blood. The most common and dangerous bloodborne pathogens are hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV – the virus that causes AIDS).   You can become infected with one of these if you are exposed to the blood of a person who has one of these infections.

You may have been exposed to a bloodborne pathogen if: