The Dangers of Cleaning Up Blood Without Training

Accidents happen. And when accidents happen, blood is often involved. Did you know that human blood is one of the most potentially hazardous substances to clean up? This is because blood can expose you to MRSA, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, and other transmittable diseases. With so much at stake, it’s crucial that you understand the dangers of cleaning up blood without training. It would be a tragedy if someone contracted one of these diseases because blood wasn’t thoroughly and properly cleaned.  

Blood is a liquid. Liquids spread. 

You see tiny droplets of blood in an area. Do you know where to look for additional drops of blood? What about a 2-inch spot of blood on your carpet? Did you know that a spot of blood of that size usually indicates a two-foot stain underneath the carpet? Did you know dried blood can still host harmful and contagious pathogens?

The above is why it’s so essential to hire Alabama Bio-Clean to handle biohazards like blood. We know where to look for additional blood drops and stains, and we are trained in both cleaning up blood and disposing of exposed items safely. 

Do you have the correct personal protective equipment for cleaning up blood

As stated above, blood can be dangerous because it can expose you to many diseases. In fact, blood should always be treated as if it does contain harmful transmittable diseases. You must protect yourself with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). But do you even know what the correct PPE is? Different situations require different types of PPE. And, as many have learned over the past year with COVID-19, all gloves and masks do not offer the same level of protection. At Alabama Bio-Clean, we always use the right protective equipment for the job so that no one is harmed in the process of cleaning or disposal of blood. 

Proper sanitation and disposal are so important.

Did you know that cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting mean very different things?

Cleaning: visible soil, dust, clutter, and food are removed from surfaces. Cleaning doesn’t get rid of germs, but it does reduce the overall number of germs by removing visible debris.

Sanitizing: a chemical process that lessens and/or kills 99.999% of bacteria in 30 seconds during the Official Detergent Sanitizer Test (a public health test). Sanitizing is used in bar and restaurant situations where areas must be treated quickly.

Disinfecting: kills ALL listed organisms in 10 minutes during the AOAC (Association of Analytical Communities) Use Dilution Test, (a test regulated by the EPA). Disinfecting requires a much more robust solution than sanitizing. Taking 10 minutes to disinfect a restaurant booth would not be efficient or practical, but it is essential in a hospital room where blood and other bodily fluids have been present.

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These words are often used interchangeably, but the difference in the real world is important. A space can be visually ‘clean’ but still be full of dangerous microorganisms and biological material. This is why it is so important to hire trained professionals to take care of a biohazard. An area looks clean but hasn’t been sanitized by a trained professional can harm you and others. 

Finally, once an area is deemed safely sanitized, the items that were contaminated by the blood — including the safety equipment and cleaning agents used — must be properly disposed of. Most non-specialists don’t know how to safely dispose of contaminants, which is why it is so important that a trained professional handles a blood biohazard from start to finish.  

The blood cleanup professionals at Alabama Bio-Clean are trained and licensed experts in biohazard remediation and blood cleanup. Please call on us day or night if you need assistance with a blood spill. Your health and safety are important to us. 1-866-305-8001