Blood-borne pathogens precautionsCaring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards states that staff must be educated about ways to prevent transmission of blood-borne pathogens before beginning to work in your facility and at least annually thereafter. Where applicable, training must comply with OSHA requirements.
Standard precautions include:
- Ensure that surfaces that may come in contact with potentially infectious body fluids are disposable or made of a material that can be immediately sanitized. In some situations, you may need to hire a professional cleaning service.
- Ensure staff wear disposable, non-latex gloves when cleaning and sanitizing contaminated surfaces.
- Immediately clean up spills of body fluids, urine, feces, blood, saliva, nasal discharge, eye discharge, injury tissue discharges, and human milk.
- For spills of vomit, urine, human milk, and feces, clean and sanitize all contaminated floors, walls, bathrooms, tabletops, toys, kitchen counter tops, and diaper-changing tables.
- For spills of blood or injury and tissue discharges, clean and sanitize the area. Dispose of blood-contaminated material and diapers in a plastic bag with a secure tie.
- Clean blood-contaminated floors and carpets by blotting to remove the fluid as quickly as possible, then sanitize by spot-cleaning with a detergent-disinfectant, and shampooing or steam-cleaning.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.