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Correctional service workers are at risk of infectious diseases including HIV infection and AIDS as people incarcerated in correctional facilities make up one of the highest risk populations groups for HIV infections and AIDS.
Identify high risk activities and procedures. Eliminate "blind" searches where you cannot see what your hands are touching. Use mirrors and other devices.
Follow Routine Practices where workers may become exposed to infectious microorganisms through contact with blood and body fluids.
Please also see the OSH Answers document HIV/AIDS in the Workplace for more information.
When an inmate becomes combative or threatening, gloves should be put on as soon as possible.
Wash your hands:
NOTE: Correctional service workers do not routinely wear masks and protective eye wear. This equipment should be available when needed.