In the event of a workplace accident that causes a blood spill, your first reaction might be to grab a bucket and a mop and clean the blood up yourself. This may seem like the appropriate response, but it can actually constitute a health hazard, particularly if the spill occurs on a porous surface such as carpeting.
Human blood can contain a variety of infections microorganisms such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
Exposure to blood spills can increase the likelihood of disease transmission through these bloodborne pathogens. That’s why it’s important to take a number of safety precautions before attempting to clean a blood spill. These include wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, and using cleaning products that are specifically designed to eliminate bloodborne pathogens on surfaces.
Blood can also be difficult to clean effectively because it quickly binds to fabric and other porous materials. This means that even if you’re able to eliminate the visible stain, there may still be microscopic biohazardous materials left behind. When blood spills aren’t cleaned properly, they can leave lingering health hazards in your workplace that are difficult to detect.
At Anubis SceneClean, we have the tools, experience and industry certifications necessary to clean blood spills safely and effectively. Our team is fully licensed by OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards to eliminate a variety of workplace biohazards, including blood spills. To learn more, or to schedule your next cleaning appointment, give us a call or contact us online today.