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.
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