This is part 2 of this 5 part series in which we will deal with additional control methods and the chain of infection. Part 1 dealt with the Source of Bacteria and Soil Prevention
Depending on the seriousness of any injury sustained, there may be a need to report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive. This can be done by a ”responsible person” contacting the HSE direct for a Form 2508 within 7 days of the accident taking place. Alternatively, the form can be completed on-line at the Health and Safety Executive web site www.hse.gov.uk. These are called “Notifiable Events”.
An accident can be defined as a “chance occurrence” or an “unforeseeable event”. Although this is the case in theory, within the cleaning industry, this is very rarely the case in practice. It appears that in the increasingly litigious society in which we live, someone is always to blame! As such, employers must take all necessary precautions to ensure that the risk of accidents occurring in the workplace is significantly reduced.
In a recent blog I looked at - How to Clean a Toilet Seat and Ensure the Safety of the User, this prompted a number of emails asking for additional information on the kind bugs that can be picked from using public toilets. Not being an expert in the field of bacteria I turned to the internet and came up some quite disturbing information from a number of sources.
Within the cleaning industry, cleaning operatives are exposed to biological hazards, to varying degrees, depending on the nature of their work. When cleaning toilets, operatives will frequently have to deal with body fluid stains and spillages. The use of an effective disinfectant i.e. Bactericidal Washroom Cleaner will deal with harmful bacteria effectively. However, in certain situations, where body fluid spillages are extensive or are suspected to contain diseases, it will be necessary to perform specific procedures in order to minimise the risk of infection.