Industrial accidents can be a traumatic experience for a business and its employees. Besides the emotional scarring of cleaning up after an accident involving a co-worker, remediation of blood and bodily fluids should not be handled by janitorial staff unless they are properly trained and have the correct means of medical waste disposal.
Q. Can I have an employee of my business clean a blood scene?
A. Federal Regulation 29CFR1910.1030 states that no employee can be placed in a position to be exposed to a blood spill without first:
- Receiving blood borne pathogen (BBP) training.
- Having a written BBP exposure control plan.
- Having been provided personal protective equipment.
- Having been offered Hepatitis B vaccine, exposure evaluation and follow-up.
- Being provided with a method to remove and properly store the bio-hazardous waste in properly marked containers for disposal at an approved site.
- Only after these five conditions have been met can an employee be allowed by his or her employer to clean a biohazardous scene.