Scher Industries, Inc.
When OSHA revised the Bloodborne Pathogens Directive, it stressed employer use of new medical advances.
The Secretary of Labor, Alexis M. Herman, stated "We must do everything we can to protect workers who may be at risk of exposure to bloodborne diseases. This directive doesn't place new requirements on employees, but it does recognize and emphasize the advances in medical technology. And it reminds employers that they must use readily-available technology in their safety and health programs."
OSHA Directive CPL 2-2,44D states under section XIII:
"Since there is no population that is risk free for HIV, HBV, or other bloodborne disease infection, any employee who has occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material will be included within the scope of standard."
"The use of protective coverings is an acceptable alternative for protecting items and surfaces against contamination and is particularly useful in situations in which a piece of equipment would be difficult to decontaminate but could be protected by a cover.
"If this option is chosen, the covering must be removed and replaced at the stated minimum intervals, i.e., as soon as feasible following overt contamination or at the end of a work shift if it may have become contaminated during the shift."
"More stringent decontamination rules, such as cleaning equipment or changing coverings between patients, may be prudent infection control policy but do not fall under OSHA's mandate to safeguard employee (not patient) health."
When using a computer keyboard in a dental operatory, the operator of the keyboard touches a patients mouth and then touches the keyboard. If a disposable keyboard cover is not used, then the keyboard is contaminated with millions of bacteria from the patient's mouth. Since, it is impossible to sterilize a computer keyboard, in following OSHA guidelines, it must be covered with a disposable cover, to be thrown away, so as not to infect the operator when setting up for the next patient.
In medicine, the same problem occurs. There are many procedures that are performed that use a computer keyboard at a patient's bedside where there is contact with body fluids. Numerous x-ray technologists have complained of procedures being performed where the doctor uses the computer keyboard with blood on his gloves.
Using the SYBER-SAK* eliminates these problems and is also in compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Directive for it can be thrown away after being contaminated.
* Patent Pending