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This OSH Answers document covers cleaning and sanitation activities in schools and other workplaces, excluding health care environments.
Hospitals and other health care facilities have special concerns and will usually have in-house infection control procedures in place. If you work in a health care setting, 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:
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.
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