Handling Blood Spillage

Handle Blood Spillage

Whenever there is a spill of blood or body fluid, according to "Standard precautions" consider it INFECTIOUS

Spillages are highly unpredictable and can occur in a wide variety of settings in the community. All spillages should be considered as potentially infectious.

There are approximately 27 different infections employees can get from contact with someone else's blood. HIV and Hepatitis B and C are some of the more well-known blood-borne diseases.

The person witnessing the event should deal with spillages immediately. This will reduce the risk of exposure to infectious agents or further contamination.

How to Handle Blood Spillage?

You must have a "Spill Kit" readily available consisting of:

  • Bleach (or equivalent disinfectant) Bleach (freshly prepared daily) or equivalent disinfectant (Hypochlorite tablets and water in container)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Absorbent towel/cotton etc
  • Red disposing bag

Block the area, from other passerby's until clean-up and disinfection is complete.

Put on an apron and disposable latex gloves, to prevent contamination of hands.

Cover the spill with paper towels or absorbent material.

Use a scoop to pick up sharps if they are present.

Gently pour bleach solution (or equivalent) onto all contaminated areas of the surface.

Let the bleach solution remain on the contaminated area for 5 to 10 minutes.

Wipe up the remaining bleach solution.

Wipe up the spill using paper towels or absorbent material and place in a plastic garbage bag.

All cleanup supplies may then be placed in a red bag for disposal. Discard the used glove in the same bag.

Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.