For safe and effective clean up of vomit or small blood spills pre- assembled kits are available from janitorial or safety supply companies or you can easily assemble one and keep in a Ziploc bag near the first aid kit.
Basic Body Fluid Spill Kit:
- Disposable gloves (Latex free)
- Commercial absorbent 1
- (1/2cup) (including product Material Safety Data Sheet)
- 2 plastic disposable waste bags with twist tie
- Disposable wiping cloth or paper towels
- Thin piece of cardboard or plastic scoop/scraper
- Protective eye goggles
- Labeled spray bottle for dispensing Disinfectant Solution2
- Clean up protocol instruction sheet
- 1 disposable N-95 respirator (if there is risk of splashing or aerosol generation)
- 1 pair of disposable shoe covers
- Disposable pre-packaged disinfectant wipes/towelettes
Blood/body Fluid Clean Up Procedure:
- Isolate the spill area to prevent other people from contacting it.
- Put on protective gloves, eye goggles and respirator.
- Gather towels and spray bottle of disinfectant solution (mixed fresh).
- If using a sorbent apply over the spill and wait for it to gel.
- Remove all visible debris/material using paper towels and/or scraper tools working from least to most soiled area. Pre-clean the area with the disinfectant and wipe clean. Place the towels and debris in a plastic bag.
- Apply a second application of the disinfectant and allow to remain wet for the minimum contact time required by the product and let air dry. If using EP-50 the minimum contact time is five (5) minutes. (Note: consult with the custodian if the spill is on a carpet or soft furnishings)
- Place soiled paper towels and disposable equipment in plastic bag.
- Remove gloves (folding inside out) and respirator and place in plastic bag with soiled towels.
- Close plastic bag and place in a second plastic bag and dispose of as general waste.
- Wash hands and thoroughly with soap and water.
- Wash non-disposable equipment with soap and water and rinse in disinfectant solution.
For more information contact the Division Safety Coordinator.