Dealing with Biological Hazards While Cleaning the Washroom

Within the cleaning industry, cleaning operatives are exposed to biological hazards, to varying degrees, depending on the nature of their work. When cleaning toilets, operatives will frequently have to deal with body fluid stains and spillages. The use of an effective disinfectant i.e. Bactericidal Washroom Cleaner will deal with harmful bacteria effectively. However, in certain situations, where body fluid spillages are extensive or are suspected to contain diseases, it will be necessary to perform specific procedures in order to minimise the risk of infection.

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Within the cleaning industry, cleaning operatives are exposed to biological hazards, to varying degrees, depending on the nature of their work. When cleaning toilets, operatives will frequently have to deal with body fluid stains and spillages. The use of an effective disinfectant i.e. Bactericidal Washroom Cleaner will deal with harmful bacteria effectively. However, in certain situations, where body fluid spillages are extensive or are suspected to contain diseases, it will be necessary to perform specific procedures in order to minimise the risk of infection.

The following guidelines should be considered when dealing with any waste that could pose a potential biological hazard.

General Precautions

 

Saety Goggles

• Where exposure to biohazards is expected, workers and volunteers are required to wear respiratory protective equipped with high efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters.
• Operatives must wear disposable neoprene or vinyl gloves.
• Goggles are also recommended. Proper cleaning of the equipment before and after use is imperative and disinfectant wipes should be provided for this purpose.
• Proper personal hygiene is also very important, and workers and volunteers should wash thoroughly after handling contaminated items prior to eating or drinking.

Recommended Work Practices
• During general handling and cleaning activities where heavy accumulations of waste are NOT present, goggles are a recommended piece of personal protective equipment. Heavy accumulations of droppings require goggles at all times.
• It is recommended that all operatives be issued with a spare set of work clothes in work situations where contact with body fluids is common.
• Work clothes should be washed regularly in hot soapy water with no other clothing. Wherever facilities are available, it is recommended that work clothes are washed and dried on the premises. Where this is not possible, it must be stressed to operatives the importance of prompt cleaning of work clothes.

Work Processes Cleaning Hard Surfaces
• Remove heaviest contamination with mechanical means, for example shovels, spatulas or scrapers.
• Vacuum using a suitable vacuum cleaner (preferably fitted with a HEPA filter).
• Treat the immediate work area with a suitable disinfectant solution. This can be applied by with a damp cloth, fine mist, sponge, etc.
• Finally, ensure the affected work area is fully cleaned.

Cleaning Soft Surfaces
• Gently remove heavy contamination.
• Vacuum using a suitable vacuum cleaner (preferably fitted with a HEPA filter.)
• Spray with a disinfectant solution and allow time for air-drying.

Common Bacteria Causing Disease:

 

See the video below for more information and advice reagrding biohazards:

 

 

For more information on how to protect your staff and ultimately your business from biological hazards, read everything you need to know by downloading the free 38 page document called a guide to Biohazards. The document was recently commissioned by the Jangro Group, please follow the link below:

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For a free guide on washroom hygeiene, plese click below:

Download A Guide to Washroom Hygiene

 

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