Procedure for Handling Spills


 
POLICY:
 
Staff members will use appropriate protective equipment and 
procedure in cleaning up spills.
 
 
PROCEDURE FOR CHEMICAL SPILL
 
     -Consult the MSDS for instructions for cleanup or 
      warnings for specific chemicals.
     -Evacuate the area if dangerous fumes are possible.
 
BLOOD SPILLS
 
     -Disinfect the spill with the appropriate disinfectant, 
      e.g., 10% bleach solution or other germicide.  Assure
      that the solution is left on the spill for the 
      appropriate amount of time.
     -Ask assistance from others to keep patients and 
      personnel away from the spill.
     -Put on utility gloves.
     -Contain the spill with paper towels.
     -Apply cat litter or other absorbent material to the 
      spill.  This will convert the liquid to a manageable 
      solid material.
     -Scoop the solid material into a bag.
     -Dispose of the bag in the bio-hazard trash container.
     -Assuming there is no broken glass with which to deal, 
      spray floors or counter tops with bleach and dry with 
      paper towels.  If broken glass is present, sweep the 
      towels into the dust pan and dispose of litter 
      material, broken glass, and paper towels.

FORMALDEHYDE SPILLS OR OTHER FIXATIVE MATERIALS
 
     -Sprinkle the spill containing material onto the 
      formaldehyde.
     -Put on utility gloves.
     -Sweep the spill into a bag.
     -If fumes are still present, take this bag to the 
      outside.
     -Close off the room where the spill occurred.
 
 
 
Spill kits are maintained in appropriate locations throughout 
the office.  Spill kits contain the following:
 
     -1 pound cat litter
     -1 roll paper towels
     -Utility gloves
     -Goggles and mask
     -Scoop
     -Dust pan and broom
     -Biohazard (red) Bag
     -Tongs
 
Note: A ziplock bag of the type which stands alone can be 
used on a limited basis as a biohazard bag as long as this 
receptacle is immediately transferred to a biohazard bag.  A 
dust pan and broom of the type available from discount stores 
for less than $2 is acceptable.

Approved By Governing Board    
MC.3
Control #129.3
GUPTA GASTRO