Tag: Housekeeping

Hospital eTool: Housekeeping

Common safety and health topics:

Potential Hazard

Exposure of housekeeping staff to blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) through contaminated work environments. OPIM is defined in 29 CFR 1901.1030(b).

Possible Solutions

OSHA requires:

Clean and sanitary work environments to prevent contact with blood or OPIM. Bloodborne Pathogens Standard [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(i)].

The employer must:

  • Determine and implement an appropriate written schedule for cleaning and methods of decontamination.
  • This written schedule must be based on the:
    • Location within the facility.
    • Type of surfaces to be cleaned.
    • Type of soil present.
    • The tasks or procedures to be performed in the area.

The CDC states that hepatitis B virus can survive for at least one week in dried blood on environmental surfaces or contaminated needles and instruments.

Potential Hazard

Exposure of housekeeping staff to blood or OPIM by not using an appropriate or approved disinfectant.

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