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Friday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning for health and safety

November 19, 2010
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Do you have a recommended policy for body fluid cleaning? We have to respond to vomit clean-up, especially among the smaller children at the elementary grade level.
The answer:
Wear gloves for protection. Apply a coagulant to any liquid or absorb into a paper towel or disposable cloth) This makes it easier and safer to pick up the vomit or liquid with a dust pan. A putty knife, small squeegee or polypropylene brush are non-absorbent and can be sanitized readily, so they could be used to assist pick-up.
Place the vomit in a toilet, flush it, and disinfect the bowl. If the amount is small, it would also be ok to place the waste in a trash bag and seal it before placing it in the dumpster. Down the sanitary sewer is the best approach and ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
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