How to use a Biohazard Kit
Accidents happen all the time. When a biohazard spill occurs (if someone vomits, or injures themself causing bleeding, for example) it puts people in the immediate area at risk of infection. If you run or manage a business it’s your responsibility to keep everyone safe and neutralise the risk of infection from a biohazard. HSE guidance on cleaning up body fluids is clear on what you need to provide to make sure a biohazard can be dealt with correctly.
Having a biohazard kit to hand is the best way to be prepared for a biohazard spill situation. A biohazard kit contains everything you need to remove a biohazard and clean the affected area while keeping yourself and your staff and customers out of harm’s way. Afterwards, all materials used to clean up can be disposed of in the yellow biohazard bag provided, meaning you don’t need to get rid of any of your own cleaning supplies and nothing is cross-contaminated.
Biohazard Cleanup Kit Contents
A biohazard kit should include equipment to soak up and then remove a biohazard spill, tools to clean the affected area, and PPE to protect the person using it. The Steroguard Bio-hazard Cleaning Kit contains the following:
- 1 x 50ml Disinfectant spray
- 1 x Biohazard bag
- 1 x Disinfectant wipe
- 1 x Disposable gloves (pair)
- 1 x Polythene apron
- 1 x Scoop and scraper
- 1 x Sachet of super absorbent powder
If you need to clean up sharp objects they must go into a Sharps Bin before disposal to prevent the risk of tears to the yellow bag.
How to Use a Biohazard Kit
Watch our video where Andrew demonstrates exactly how to use a biohazard kit.
Break open the biohazard kit and put on the gloves and apron.
Open the sachet of super-absorbent powder and sprinkle it over the entire spill. Take care to cover the whole area of the spill, even the edges and look for splashes that have landed away from the main spill zone. The super absorbent powder will transform the liquid into a solid in a matter of seconds.
Take out the yellow clinical waste bin bag and open it up. Use the scraper tool to scrape the solid matter into a pile in the centre. Take care to scrape in one direction towards the centre so you don’t end up pushing the matter around too much.
Use the scraper tool to push the matter onto the scooper tool and transfer it to the yellow bag. The scoop and scraper can be disposed of into the yellow bag once this step is complete.
Once you have transferred all of the solid matter to the yellow bag, use the Steroclenz Spray to disinfect the area. Spray liberally and use a piece of blue roll or tissue to wipe the area thoroughly. Put all cleaning materials in the yellow bag when you’ve finished, including the PPE you are wearing.
Seal the yellow biohazard bag securely and check to make sure the outside of the bag is totally intact. This can then be taken to the biohazard waste disposal point to be collected.
Use the hand wipe to disinfect your hands at the end of the procedure.
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