A biohazardous spill/release (blood or other infectious material) can occur anytime there is an unplanned release of potentially infectious material into the work environment. Proper response to these incidents can ensure personnel and community safety while eliminating environmental contamination.
Generally, a spill greater than 1 liter will require outside assistance for clean up. However, each situation should be evaluated on a case by case basis. Factors to be considered in determining in-house spill clean up versus outside assistance would include: amount of surface area contaminated, type of surface (i.e., porous or vinyl), volume of material and the source (i.e., crime scene, injured person).
Housekeeping personnel have the necessary training and the capabilities of cleaning and decontaminating indoor biohazard spills.
The Grounds personnel have the necessary training and the capabilities of cleaning and decontaminating outdoor biohazard spills.
Spill Beyond Our Control (greater than 1 liter and/or circumstances)
USI holds a contract with an outside environmental company to respond to biohazard spills. Coordinate efforts through Environmental Health and Safety.
If a biological spill or release occurs in your immediate area, contact Security at 7777 or 464-1865.