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This OSH Answers document covers cleaning disinfection and other sanitation activities in offices, schools and similar workplaces, but does not cover work environments with specialized sanitation needs, such as health care, food processing, etc.
If your workplace has a specific infection or sanitation control procedure, please ask your supervisor or infection control officer for more information.
It is important that all facilities are free from garbage, debris, filth, and potentially infectious materials.
Use these suggestions when you may come in contact with blood or body fluids visibly contaminated with blood (for example, when you can see blood in vomit). It is important to follow these tips as blood may spread certain illnesses.
When cleaning and decontaminating blood-contaminated areas:
A touch point is any surface that can be touched by bare hands by multiple people, multiple times.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) when soap and water are not available.
Please see Hand Washing for more information.
Occasionally, you may encounter discarded hypodermic needles, syringes, condoms, objects, materials or fluids that may be contaminated with blood and body fluids. You must use special precautions when handling such materials/objects. Often these biological wastes are contaminated with "germs" or other micro-organisms which can make you ill. Major concerns are the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.