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What is the very first thing you should do in the event of a chemical spill?

When a chemical spill occurs, there are five steps to be taken: (a) control the source of the spill; (b) contain the spill; (c) isolate the area concerned (if appropriate); (d) contact the authorities (if appropriate); then (e) clean up the spill.

What is the first thing you should do if there is an accidental spillage at work?

The first action must be to stop whatever’s been spilled. Think first of the drains, and deploy drain covers to stop spilled material. Then, thinking about drains further away, put some form of barrier to stop the spilled liquids spreading.

How would you deal with the spillage and breakage?


  1. Leave and Control Spill Area. Evacuate personnel from the immediate spill area.
  2. Help Injured Personnel. Take care of injured personnel-move from spill, remove contaminated clothing, flush skin with water.
  3. Evaluate Hazard.
  4. If the Spill is Small and Presents No Danger.
  5. Critique Incident.

How do you deal with spillages in a childcare setting?

Any spillage of body fluids should be cleaned up immediately with paper towels and an effective disinfectant solution. Paper towels should be removed safely to a waste bin site. Floor mops used to clean up spillages should be rinsed with hot water and detergent and allowed to dry; disinfectant may be used

How do you deal with spillages?

Wearing disposable gloves – spread hypochlorite granules i.e. – Presept over the spillage. Cover the area with disposable towels and leave for a few minutes. Wearing gloves, apron, (mask if large spill) dispose of the debris as clinical waste (yellow bag): wash the area thoroughly with detergent and water.

What is the procedure for dealing with spillages of blood and body fluids?

Remove as much of the spill as possible with a paper towel. Clean area with warm water and detergent, using a disposable cleaning cloth or sponge. The area should be left clean and dry. Disinfect the area with a solution of household bleach, diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

How do you manage spilled blood and other body fluids in line with policies and guidance?

The basic principles of blood and body fluid/substance spills management are:

  1. standard precautions apply, including use of personal protective equipment (PPE), as applicable.
  2. spills should be cleared up before the area is cleaned (adding cleaning liquids to spills increases the size of the spill and should be avoided)

How do you deal with biological spillages?

Cover blood spillage with absorbent material or if not available disposable paper towels or cloths and apply disinfectant. Leave for 3 minutes, then clean up the contaminated paper towels or cloths and place them in the disposal/biohazard bag. Thoroughly wash the area with detergent and hot water and dry.

Which order should you follow after a spill of blood?

Wipe up the spill as much as possible with paper towel or other absorbent material. Gently pour bleach solution – 1 part bleach to 9 parts water – onto all contaminated areas. Let bleach solution remain on contaminated area for 20 minutes and then wipe up remaining bleach solution.

What is a biological spill solution?

General guide for ALL biological spills A fresh 10% household bleach solution is commonly used as a disinfectant; allow 20-30 minutes’ contact time (however, use the recommended disinfectant and contact time for the material you are handling).

What PPE should educators use when cleaning up body fluids?

Dealing with spills of body fluids

  • Isolate the area.
  • Wear gloves, a plastic apron and eye protection, such as goggles.
  • Soak up the fluid with disposable paper towels, or cover the spill with a granular chlorine-releasing agent for a minimum of 10 minutes.

What is the most important PPE to be worn when cleaning equipment for reuse?

To protect against aerosol exposure from washing equipment soiled with contaminated materials (e.g. blood and body fluids) wear appropriate ‘Personal Protective Equipment”. That is, gloves, eye protection, fluid repellent masks and fluid resistant aprons or gowns should be worn whilst cleaning

What is the correct procedure for cleaning a light lead?

Light leads and telescopes can be immersed but telescopes should not come in contact with other metal surfaces as they can be easily damaged. Hand wash telescopes and light leads with a soft cloth which has had a suitable detergent added. Pay attention to the ‘eye’ piece and the distal tip.

What does Sterilising mean?

to destroy microorganisms in or on, usually by bringing to a high temperature with steam, dry heat, or boiling liquid. to destroy the ability of (a person or animal) to reproduce by removing the sex organs or inhibiting their functions.