straight forward health and safty advice
There is always a residual risk if you are exposed to a blood spillage arising
from an accident, or to other body fluids, or from exposure to
The risks from body fluids include Hepatitis B and HIV. For your own protection, you must not clean-
up body fluids unless you have been properly trained to do so.
If you have to clean-up body fluids, the following sensible
precautions will help to protect you against infection.
Always wear a disposable apron and use disposable plastic
gloves whenever blood, semen or other body fluids
require cleaning-up. Use paper towels, disposable cloths
or absorbent granules, such as cat litter, to absorb the
spillage, and then place them in a plastic bag and dispose
of them safely.
Disinfect the area in which any spills have occurred with a suitable disinfectant diluted with
the correct amount of water (use 1 part of bleach to 10 parts of water if there is no proprietary
disinfectant available). Be careful, as some disinfectants are corrosive and can be harmful to
the skin, so check the label or the COSHH Assessment sheet before you use it.
If your skin come into direct contact with another person’s blood or other body fluids, wash the
area with ordinary soap and water as quickly as possible. If the contamination involves the lips,
mouth, tongue, eyes or broken skin, then rinse it with clean cold water and seek medical
Contaminated clothing may be cleaned in an ordinary washing machine
using its hot cycle.