Minimize Exposure


Minimize Exposure

To minimize the chances of accidental exposure: 
  • Always wear gloves when giving first aid for wounds.
  • Allow students to cleanse their own bloody wounds when possible.
  • Wash hands as soon as possible after removal of gloves or other personal protective clothing or equipment.
  • Immediately wash hands after accidental contact with blood or body fluids.
  • Wear protective equipment if splattering of body fluids is anticipated.
  • Call the custodian to clean up body fluids. Do NOT attempt to clean blood or body fluids yourself.  Call for help.
  • Wear gloves when emptying waste receptacles.
  • Double bag all body fluid waste material.
  1. If the waste contains dried blood or body fluids use leak proof plastic bags and place in the regular garbage.
  2. If bloody waste is liquid or semi-liquid, it must be disposed of in a red plastic bag and then placed in a Bio-Medical box for special disposal. Contact your custodian for special disposal.
  • Clean contaminated surfaces by first removing visible blood, then disinfect with Virustat 128 (available through your school custodian) or a solution of 1 part household bleach to 10 parts cool water for at least 10 minutes. This solution must be less than 24 hours old.
  • Do not pick up broken glass directly with the hands. Call a custodian for assistance.
  • Call School Nurse for disposal of sharps (hypodermics, needles, lancets, scalpel blades, etc.) in color-coded, leak proof and puncture resistant containers. When these boxes are full, they must be disposed of in a special bio-medical box. Call your school nurse if you need assistance.
  • Don't eat, drink, apply cosmetics or lip balm or handle contact lenses in locations where there is a likelihood that an occupational exposure could occur. For example, the health-room.
  • Never share razors or toothbrushes.
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