Does your company want to make absolutely sure that they are being compliant with OSHA around the clock? Blood spills can happen in a moment’s notice in a hospital or other healthcare facility. We will walk you through the exact steps to take to cleanup blood spills the next time one happens.
So what is the first step in cleaning up spills? Prevention. In order to prevent direct contact with the spill during the cleanup process and minimize the risk for infection, disposable protective clothing must be worn. This includes gloves, combo mask/safety shield and protective apron.
The next step in the process is Contain & Remove. To efficiently contain and remove the spill, a solidifying agent (Safetec® Red Z®) and scoop/scraper are to be used and the spill contents are to be disposed in a red biohazard bag. Our Red Bio Hazard bags come in two sizes and are clearly labeled.
Once you have contained and removed the spill, you can now work on Disinfecting the contaminated surface. We recommend using the (SaniZide Plus®) germicidal wipe. We have to mention that this process is critical for preventing any further contamination.
The fourth step in the process is Dispose and discard the germicidal wipe, gloves, safety shield and apron into red biohazard bag and dispose of bag as required by your local, state and federal regulations.
Lastly you will need to Sanitize your hands and use soap and water once the immediate cleanup is complete.
Do you have any questions about how the Safetec product line can help cleanup blood spills in your facility? Call us now and we would be more than happy to help you become compliant. Reach our team at 1-800-456-7077.
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