"Housekeeping" refers to ensuring a worksite is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
An employer must implement an appropriate written schedule for cleaning, and determine the best method to decontaminate each location within a facility.
There are four types of regulated waste that require special handling:
It is of the utmost importance that infectious waste be safely contained.
"Contaminated laundry" refers to laundry that is soiled with potential infectious material or that may contain sharp objects, such as needles.
When working with contaminated laundry, the following guidelines should be followed:
Contaminated items should not be stored or processed in a way that requires you to reach into containers.
Work practice controls should be established to prevent you from reaching into a container to remove potentially contaminated items, such as glassware or needles.
All equipment and work surfaces that could become contaminated should be cleaned and decontaminated routinely using an appropriate disinfectant while wearing PPE.
All pails, bins, and similar reusable receptacles should be decontaminated on a regular basis and as soon as possible after visible contamination is noticed.
Kevin is a custodial engineer for a local middle school. As part of his job duties, he is required to clean the health room daily. It is common for students to have minor injuries or ailments, such as nose bleeds or a skinned knee, during the school day.
It's important all contaminated materials, such as bloody gauze, is contained, labeled, and disposed of properly.
Kevin should wear PPE, such as gloves, when performing this task. Kevin should decontaminate the health room surfaces daily using an approved method and appropriate disinfectant. If visible blood or body fluids are present on a surface, the fluid should be cleaned and the surface decontaminated immediately.
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