Cleaning up Bodily Fluids
If an area has been exposed or soiled with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, feces, vomit, or another fluid, the area must be safely and swiftly cleaned and disinfected. It is important to remove children from the area and not allow them access again until the area has been properly cleaned, disinfected, and completely dried.
Review the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing:
How to clean up bodily fluids:
- Wear gloves and PPE. Be careful not to get any of the fluid in your eyes, nose, mouth, or open sores.
- Clean surfaces to remove visible debris.
- Disinfect surfaces appropriately and safely.
- Discard contaminated materials in a secure and sealed plastic bag.
- Wash your hands after cleaning the fluids, even if gloves were worn.
- Mops that are used should be cleaned and then rinsed with a disinfecting solution, wrung as dry as possible, and then hung to dry completely.
- Materials contaminated with bodily fluids should be sealed in a secure bag, transported, and then stored away from children. Plastic grocery bags do not meet this requirement and more secure bags should be used.
- Tissues, gum, food, used latte cups, and other waste with OPIM should be disposed of in a secure lidded receptacle where children are not able to access those materials.
- Soiled bedding should also be stored in a secure and sealed plastic bag and not mixed with blankets or toys. It is best to clean contaminated materials separately from other items. It is also important to use a disinfectant when washing and high heat in the drying cycle.