Industrial Accidents

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.