What is the proper procedure for cleaning up blood spills? When it comes to blood, even the smallest spills can pose a large health threat. As a result, certain procedures should be followed to limit potential bloodborne pathogen exposure and ensure the site is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
The Risk of Cleaning Blood Spills on Your Own
Many guides online can teach you how to clean up blood spills on your own; however many fail to disclose the risks that come with coming into contact with blood and the risk of contracting bloodborne pathogens, including, "Hepatitis C, malaria, syphilis, babesiosis, brucellosis, leptospirosis, arboviral infections, relapsing fever, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, and viral hemorrhagic fever," Hepatitis B, and even HIV.
"Although bloodborne pathogens can be deadly, there’s no specific way to know if another individual carries them, short of direct communication, which is not always possible. In many cases, the person themselves may be unaware they are a carrier. For this reason, it is always important to be cautious around blood, and ensure that any biohazardous materials are cleaned up thoroughly and efficiently."
Even if you use a registered disinfectant product with a broad spectrum kill claim, not all pathogens will be eliminated. The only certain way to know that your family won't be at risk of potential infection is by calling the experts at Aftermath.
Aftermath: An Even Safer Way to Clean Blood Spills
The safest way to clean up a blood spill is to reach out to a team of bioremediation specialists. A professional bioremediation company is rigorously trained in safe blood cleanup procedures to ensure every site is restored to a sanitary and livable condition.
Blood Cleanup Procedures:
First, we establish 3 zones:
- The Control Zone: The contamination area where the work takes place.
- The Buffer Zone: Where crime scene cleanup technicians dress in PPE.
- The Clean Zone: Where we store tools and equipment to avoid cross contamination.
Then, we remove all blood, biological material, dirt, and chemicals from the control zone and remove personal property that cannot be remediated. Personal property that cannot be remediated is then disposed of as medical waste.
Next, we spray the control zone with proprietary cleaning agents and disinfectants and manually wipe all surfaces.
Finally, we deodorize the control zone to eliminate odors.
During all stages of the cleaning/sanitization process, our crime scene cleaners wear PPE, including double layer gloves, respiratory gear, and biohazard suits designed specifically for biohazard recovery.
At Aftermath, our vision is to remain the trusted market leader in crime scene cleanup by delivering on our promise of world-class customer service and safety. With offices throughout the United States, we can deploy a team of technicians immediately after we receive your request for assistance. Call Aftermath today for more information.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln: http://ehs.unl.edu/sop/s-cleanbbp.pdf