Contaminated items should not be stored or processed in a way that requires you to reach into containers.
Work practice controls should be established to prevent you from reaching into a container to remove
potentially contaminated items, such as glassware or needles.
All equipment and work surfaces that could become contaminated should be cleaned and decontaminated
routinely using an appropriate disinfectant while wearing PPE.
All pails, bins, and similar reusable receptacles should be decontaminated on a regular basis and
as soon as possible after visible contamination is noticed.
4. Which of the following strategies should be used to prevent employees from reaching into contaminated containers?
a. Common sense
b. Safety policies and rules
c. Administrative guidelines
d. Engineering and work practice controls
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Kevin is a custodial engineer for a
local middle school. As part of his job duties, he is required
to clean the health room daily. It is common for students to
have minor injuries or ailments, such as nose bleeds or a skinned
knee, during the school day.
What housekeeping issues does Kevin face?
Housekeeping issues Kevin might face
It's important all
contaminated materials, such as bloody gauze, is contained,
labeled, and disposed of properly.
Kevin should wear PPE, such
as gloves, when performing this task. Kevin should decontaminate
the health room surfaces daily using an approved method and
appropriate disinfectant. If visible blood or body fluids are
present on a surface, the fluid should be cleaned, and the
surface decontaminated immediately.
Gina Peek, Housing and Consumer Specialist for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, shows you how to make a sanitizing solution with bleach and water following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.