Blood Cleanup—What to Worry About
Whether you work for a service that does blood cleanup after a trauma, accident, death, or crime scene or a nurse or individual cleaning up small areas of blood there are things that you need to worry about. It may seem very simple doing blood cleanup after a small accident or a small injury but any blood, or bodily fluid, can lead to bacteria, fungus, or mold growth. This in turn can cause an illness months, even years, later. This blood, or bodily fluid, may need to be cleaned off the floor, the baseboards, carpets, walls, or even the body. According to federal regulations, “all body fluids are deemed to be biohazards and a responsible and qualified restoration company will always treat the clean-up this way.” Even if you are not working for a company you should treat body fluids, including blood, as a biohazard.
For blood cleanup most places that deal with this, whether it is a hospital, clinic, or a company that does suicide cleanup, traumatic injury cleaning, etc they have their employees follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen rules. These are rules that will protect anyone that has to be involved with blood cleanup and biohazard tasks. They were designed by the United States Federal Government and go into detail the blood cleanup procedures and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Although the PPE does not guarantee protection they will reduce significantly the changes of catching any diseases.
If you work as a nurse, doctor, dentist, or anyone who has to deal with blood cleanup know what the bio hazard cleanup plan is for where you work and follow it exactly. You should always wear gloves, not one but two pairs, and the appropriate outer clothing that can be disposed. You should also wear coverings on your feet and some type of hat that you can put your hair under. One of the main, and very important reasons, that you treat blood cleanup as a biohazard is that you do not know anything about the person that the blood came from. You should assume that this person has some type of horrible infectious disease that you do not want to get nor do you want your family or anyone else to contact. Assuming this can save your life.
When doing blood cleanup you need to know where the blood is located because each area has their own way it can be removed safely. For example, on a carpet, when cutting up the carpet or just the area where the blood is you need to be careful using the carpet knife so it does not cut your skin. Taking precautions now can prevent diseases or even death years later.