How to clean up bodily fluids from pool surfaces
Bodily fluids on pool hard surfaces are to be treated as infectious
Lifeguards have an important job. At public swimming pools, they watch for struggling swimmers. Their work doesn't stop there. Not only are they in the rescue business, they also protect us from potentially infectious bodily fluids. The CDC says that blood, vomit, feces and other bodily fluids are to be treated as potentially infectious.
Proper precautions and procedures should be followed to ensure the safety of workers and guests alike. When they are not, life threatening Bloodborne diseases could be passed to unsuspecting individuals. Typical public swimming pool settings should follow the Center for Disease guidelines to ensure the contaminated surfaces are disinfected immediately.
Selecting an appropriate disinfectant is important
A mixture of bleach (usually 1 part bleach and 9 parts water) is recommended. Be sure to only use freshly mixed solutions because their strength and effectiveness wears off fast. There are other approved commercial disinfectants that will work as well.
The 9 additional steps to clean and disinfect a pool surface include:
- Clearing the area of people until the process of disinfection is finished.
- Wearing disposable gloves is recommended to protect hands from contamination.
- Disposable paper towel or other types of absorbent materials can be used to wipe up the spill.
- All waste should be placed in plastic garbage bags.
- After the biohazard is absorbed and disposed of, pour the disinfectant solution over the contaminated area.
- The solution should sit for 20 minutes.
- After the time has passed, wipe up any solution that is still present.
- If you use any "reusable" tools like brooms, mops, brushes etc.., be sure to disinfect them with the solution and then air dry.
- All gloves, and any remaining soiled materials should be double-bagged and tied shut in garbage bags and thrown away.
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