No matter how much we try to avoid them, spills happen- and they can happen in any facility or business. While some small spills might be easy to clean up, other substances could be dangerous to humans or the environment. We all hope we never need it, but spill preparedness can save lives and prevent injury or illness.
It’s easy enough to determine the potential exposure in a healthcare or laboratory setting. While it’s unlikely that exposure to blood occurs regularly in a non-healthcare setting, there is still a potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Many healthcare facilities, especially hospitals, will eventually experience a spill of some chemotherapy drug at that facility. Healthcare facilities are required to have chemotherapy spill kits in case of any chemotherapy drugs that spill. Chemotherapy drugs are considered any agent or drug, excluding hormonal agents, that are intended to kill malignancies. When these chemotherapy drugs spill, they can be very harmful to people as there is no chemotherapy drug which has any safe limit for drug exposure, except for patients receiving these as treatment, which still has harmful effects on the patient. These chemotherapy drugs can affect people in 4 different ways: inhalation, ingestion, injection, or absorption.
With technology in the United States reaching levels never thought possible, the number of new HIV infections is at an all-time low. New laboratory testing abilities and new medications have allowed us to pinpoint the most affected geographical regions of the United States and then provide the proper medications to those people.
It’s happened to us all at some point, whether it’s a tipped glass of wine or a non-house trained dog. Spills occur at home; they’re an everyday part of life. Spills also happen in professional occupational health and health care settings; these can be much more serious. These spills can contain hazardous materials that need to be quarantined and neutralized immediately. Luckily, Safetec has a few compliant spill kits that make cleaning up a toxic mess a breeze. In this post, I will describe the Safetec Universal Precaution, National Standard, EZ Cleans Plus and EZ Personal Protection Kits.
Safetec recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary, and it’s important to look back at the products that were there since the beginning, Safetec’s Fluid control solidifiers. When it comes to disposing of spills, it is paramount that they are solidified before removal. A non-solid spill causes a severe risk of cross-contamination. In a hospital or healthcare environment these spills can contain harmful bacteria, so the cross-contamination risk becomes even more severe. Thankfully, Safetec has three fluid control solidifiers perfect for your needs.
Many people aren’t familiar with the chemical Formaldehyde. In its original state Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that is incredibly toxic to humans. However, in most practical situations Formaldehyde is diluted to formulate Formalin solutions. Formalin is used to disinfect surfaces, preserve cadavers, and add longevity to furnishings. Let’s take a look at what can happen if you come into contact with Formaldehyde or other Formalin fluids.
In the healthcare world, dealing with cancer is an unfortunate, but standard practice. To combat this deadly disease cytotoxic drugs are used. These drugs prevent the replication and growth of cells to resist the rapid development of cancerous cells, Rheumatoid-Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis. These drugs are difficult to control once inside the human body and can cause numerous side effects. It’s clear these drugs are aggressive inside the human body, so what happens if a spill occurs in a lab environment?
Accidents happen, it’s simply a fact of life. Every day healthcare workers throughout the world come in contact with hazardous fluid spills and can be in immediate danger without the proper protection. Gone are the days of the mop and bucket, now personal protection equipment and compliant spill cleanup kits are the standard for healthcare professionals.