How to Safely Clean Up Blood in the Workplace


Use a Bloodborne Pathogen Kit to safely clean up someone else’s blood without risk of infection

Have you ever seen someone bleed at work? Accidents happen, and probably more often than you realize. And if the task of cleaning up after an accident falls to anyone other than the bleeder, you are going to want to know how to safely clean up blood. Just like every place of business should have a first-aid kit, right next to that should be a bloodborne pathogen kit. (And a defibrillator, but that’s another post).

Our Facilities Supplies team put the finishing touches on our new Bloodborne Pathogen Kit. While that sounds like something you might need to handle an outbreak of Ebola, it’s really just a first aid kit on steroids that allows you to safely clean up someone else’s blood or other bodily fluids without risk of infection.

Bloodborne Pathogen Kits provide a safe, fast, and efficient method for the absorption and disposal of potentially harmful blood and bodily fluids. These kits contain items required by OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to reduce or eliminate the hazards of on-the-job exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials when a spill occurs.

We piloted our kits for a local grocery store chain, but any workplace where it may be considered “reasonably anticipated” that workers performing their regular duties could make contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials should have one. In fact, OSHA mandates that Bloodborne Pathogen Kits be readily available.

Some other examples of businesses that should have one are:

  • Police Stations
  • Childcare Facilities
  • Maintenance Departments
  • Schools & School Buses
  • Hotels
  • Health Clubs

Our Facilities experts are here to help.

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Greg Bussmann
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Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, and father to four teenage daughters. He spends his spare time providing rides, chaperoning dates and trying to keep track of his credit cards. He also enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals when it's his turn to use the remote. Email Greg anytime.