G_IPC_31 Blood body spillages

Spillages of blood / body fluids can occur anywhere in the health community (hospitals, clinics or in the home) and it is vital that any spillage be attended to in a safe and timely manner. Occupational exposure to blood, other body fluids, secretions and excretions (except sweat) through spillages poses a potential risk of infection, particularly to those who may be exposed to these substances while providing health and social care. 

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 (COSHH), assessment of hazards and associated risks to health must be undertaken to ensure the health and safety of employees, patients and other visitors to the primary health care premises / home. 

Personal protective clothing must be worn when dealing with spillages, irrespective of the nature of the incident (LCHS Standard Precautions and Hand washing Guidance).

Purpose of guidance

Provide best evidence on how effective management of spillages can be achieved. Re-enforce the importance of risk assessment.

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