Safe Cleanup of Blood and Body Fluid Spills

Blood and body fluid spills are a serious risk to both the public and health, especially when they occur in workplaces, schools, or other areas. If unchecked, these spills can lead to contamination of surrounding surfaces and the spread of disease. It's important for anyone who works with blood or body fluids regularly to understand how to clean up this type of spill properly so that the risk of infection is minimized and no permanent damage is done to the surrounding property (or yourself!).


  • Wear gloves and a mask.
  • Use disinfectant to clean up blood spills.
  • Clean up with a wet mop or sponge, and then spray the area with a disinfectant spray.
  • Dry the area with paper towels, or use another absorbent material like kitty litter if you don't have access to paper towels right away (it will leave tracks on your floor). If there's still moisture left after drying off all visible liquid, try using an absorbent powder like cornstarch or baking soda instead of more paper towels; these powders won't leave any residue behind when they dry out!
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after disposing of all contaminated materials; this includes gloves/masks if you were wearing them during cleanup efforts!

Body fluids

Body fluids are a common cause of workplace injuries. They can be hazardous to your health, dangerous to the environment, and need to be cleaned up immediately.

Blood and body fluid spills should be cleaned up with caution using EPA-approved disinfectants or personal protective equipment (PPE).

Infection control and prevention

When cleaning up blood and body fluid spills, it's important to use proper personal protective equipment. Use gloves, masks, and eye protection when cleaning up the spill. Follow the directions on the bottle of disinfectant you are using; usually, this involves diluting it with water in a bucket or sprayer (you can also mix it with vinegar).

Clean thoroughly as directed by your facility's bloodborne pathogen policy; this includes rinsing off all surfaces that have been contaminated with blood or body fluids before allowing anyone else accesses to them again--including doorknobs, countertops, phones, and keyboards--in order to prevent cross-contamination between areas where patients may be treated or staff members work directly with patients who could have infectious diseases such as hepatitis B or C viruses which can be transmitted via contact with infected bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions or breast milk among other things). It's also important not only for health reasons since regulations require employers to provide workers who handle potentially infectious materials adequate training regarding proper handling techniques including proper gowning procedures plus appropriate decontamination procedures should they become injured while working onsite."

Use the appropriate protective equipment

  • Wear gloves and a face shield.
  • Wear an apron, eye protection, and long sleeves and pants. If you are exposed to blood or body fluids while cleaning up the spill, use a respirator (a mask) to avoid breathing in any contaminants that may be present in the air around you.
  • Do not touch anything unless it's covered with plastic sheeting or something similar that prevents contact with your skin. Keep other people out of the area until cleanup is complete if they don't have proper protection on their hands and faces as well!


If you're cleaning up a blood or body fluid spill, make sure to use the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job. Don't forget your face mask, goggles, and gloves!

For example: "I'm going to clean up this blood spill using bleach as a disinfectant." Or: "I'm not sure what to do with this bodily fluid spill--I think I'll call a professional."

  • Put on your gear correctly! It's important not to put your hands in the mess if at all possible; if you have no other choice but to touch contaminated surfaces or materials with exposed skin during cleanup efforts then make sure that any cuts/open wounds are covered by medical tape before beginning work.
  • Remove all visible debris from affected areas using paper towels soaked in water mixed with a bleach solution (1 cup per gallon). This will help remove most types of organic material (like human tissue) while leaving behind some non-organic matter such as dirt particles which may still harbor infectious agents like bacteria or viruses.
  • Keep plenty of fresh disposable towels nearby so there's always something ready when another spill happens.
  • Be careful not to touch anything else until after washing yourself off thoroughly first!


As you can see, there are many ways to clean up blood and body fluids. Each method is best suited for certain situations and conditions, so it's important to know what type of spill you have before jumping into action. The most important thing to remember when dealing with any kind of bodily fluid is that safety should always come first. Make sure that your hands are protected by gloves or other means before attempting cleanup because even something as seemingly harmless as saliva can carry pathogens like hepatitis A or HIV which could make someone sick if they get infected by touching them!


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