Blood is known for its ability to carry a wide range of pathogens. At the same time, blood deposited in porous materials can also serve as a medium for bacteria and other harmful microbes to colonize.
Anyone who is exposed to bloodborne pathogens is considered to be at high risk for contracting serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. This is why many labs, medical facilities, and clinical settings have so many stringent biohazard level protocols.
Of course, blood is also an issue in manufacturing facilities and other vocational settings where there is the risk of an injury. When someone is badly injured, or simply has a minor injury that expels some blood in the workplace. You might not think your situation requires a professional blood waste cleanup company.
Yet the truth is that there is still a very high potential for harmful pathogens to still be present. In commercial settings blood that isn’t properly cleaned according to specific biohazard, standards can even turn into major health risks and liability issues.
So, it’s always a good idea to contact a professional biohazard remediation service, like Affordable Remediation which is licensed to properly dispose of blood waste. This includes using proper blood cleanup procedures to avoid the potential for infection or reinfection, along with documentation that reduces the long-term risk of a liability issue.
Is Blood Waste Considered To Be A Biohazard?
The Centers for Disease Control and OSAH both recognize blood waste as being biohazardous. This includes classifying it as biohazardous waste or “Infectious Waste” with the potential for containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances. This means any blood in a workplace or laboratory environment needs to be cleaned up and sanitized via a specific set of health, and safety procedures.
What Diseases Can Blood Waste Carry?
It’s also worth bearing in mind that human blood, or human blood components, can transfer pathogenic microbes and diseases even after leaving the body. This includes a wide variety of bloodborne pathogens such as:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Skin infections
- Parasitic diseases
This is why the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has such stringent blood waste protocol procedures covering all commercial locations. These are universal precautions when it comes to blood waste disposal.
Can Blood Waste Be Thrown Away In A Dumpster Or Garbage Can?
When it comes to blood waste disposal OSHA specifically notes that “It is the employer’s responsibility to determine the existence of regulated waste.” They further note that “The determination should not be based on the specific volume of blood, but rather on the potential to release blood once it’s deposited in the waste container.”
OSHA also has standards set for medical facilities, clinics, veterinary hospitals, and other medical facilities which must adhere to the “Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.” This is a series of specific regulations about how medical waste is disposed of. It includes liquid or semi-liquid blood sources as well as other potentially infectious materials.
Types of blood waste that are considered to be potentially infectious include things like:
- Blood in blood tubes or in suction canisters
- Blood-soaked gauze
- Bloody gloves
- Needles used in the treatment
- Syringes with needles attached
- Dental tools with blood in them
It’s important to note that the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard also applies to potentially pathological and microbiological wastes that contain some trace of blood. This includes things like:
- Blood soaked mattress
- Blood on furniture
- Flood on flooring
- Blood that affects other porous materials
The Consequences Of Improper Blood Disposal
When it comes to blood waste disposal, every situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Though if OSHA finds that you have violated the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, they will likely issue a citation to either the employer or the commercial property managers.
On the surface, this is usually just a monetary fine. Though it could lead to future scrutiny from OSHA, and upcoming inspections of your facility to ensure that all other pertinent safety codes and standards are being adhered to. It’s important for any company, commercial property, or organization to understand that they’re responsible for the safety of their employees, customers, and guests when it comes to biohazard exposure.
What To Look For In A Blood Waste Cleanup Company
It’s an unfortunate reality that there are a lot of remediation companies out there that might use marketing language to sound like they know what they’re doing when it comes to blood waste and biohazard cleanup. Though it becomes apparent in short order that they are essentially “Winging It” and doing their best to just clean the mess up.
If that company doesn’t adhere to all the pertinent health & safety standards, you as the employer or the commercial property owner can still be held liable by OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
This means you simply cannot afford to let someone who isn’t thoroughly trained or licensed clean up and dispose of blood waste and other potential biohazardous materials. The risk level here is simply too high for you, your employees, guests, and their families.
That’s why you need to look for a blood waste and biohazard company that is professionally licensed and fully insured like Affordable Remediation.
We make sure that all of our technicians and support staff receive extensive training in how to use state-of-the-art cleaning products and equipment. We also make sure that they are fully versed in all the applicable blood waste biohazard health and safety procedures.
This gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the situation is being handled by the highest of professional standards in 100% compliance with OSHA regulations and the pertinent recommendations of the CDC.
We further back up our work by providing you with professional documentation noting what was cleaned up and how. This plays a crucial role in mitigating any potential future liability issues. Should OSHA or another regulatory agency want to inspect the area where the blood waste biohazard occurred, you can provide them with clear documentation that it was professionally remediated using industry-best practices.