This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.
Guidelines: There is a risk of exposure to blood and bodily fluids in non-health care workplaces where there are sharp objects, machinery or handling communal property. This safe work practice aims to assist non- healthcare employees in managing exposure to bodily fluids while carrying out daily work activities.
a) Assume that all bodily fluids are contaminated.
b) Consider obtaining immunizations for Tetanus and Hepatitis.
c) Cover exposed skin areas with bandages and dressings to protect against exposure and being exposed.
d) Wear protective gloves while handling suspect articles such as money or personal articles.
e) Wear nitrile gloves and protective eyewear when handling grossly contaminated articles or cleaning up spills.
f) Benches, counters, tools and keyboards which have been contaminated should be promptly cleaned up with absorbent disposable material and disinfected with antimicrobial wipes.
g) Floors should be cleaned with a disposable absorbent material and mopped with a dilute antimicrobial solution. If mops have been used in the cleanup, they should be thoroughly washed and dried before reuse.
h) Clothing soiled with bodily fluids should be removed and laundered in the usual fashion.
i) Wash your hands with soap and water after handling contaminated items or cleaning up spills.
j) If you are directly exposed to bodily fluids, flush the contacted area with water, followed by reporting the incident to your supervisor and the work unit first aid attendant.