Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Manual: Cleaning Exposed Areas

Bloodborne Pathogens: Cleaning Exposed Areas
Cleaning Your Clothing

As explained in the previous chapter, rinsing and washing an exposed area of your body with hot water and soap is recommended. If any blood or bodily fluids are on your clothes, your clothes need to be washed and sanitized prior to reuse. Similarly, if blood or bodily fluid is on your protective gear, you should either dispose of the gear (in a biohazard container) or sanitize it. Biohazard containers should be puncture resistant, leak-proof and label, symbol or color-coded.

Steps to Decontaminate an Area

  1. Ensure scene safety and wear PPE
  2. Throw away any debris in the area
  3. Use absorbent towels to wipe the area
  4. Spray disinfectant on the area
  5. After several minutes, wipe the area dry
  6. Appropriately dispose of cleaning materials in biohazard containers
  7. Wash your hands