Why and How
Spill kits help you manage risks
Accidents happen. Whether this is sickness, blood or another bodily fluid spill, pathogens can survive on surfaces for up to several months and therefore represent a real risk for your employees, clients, stakeholders.
What’s wrong with a mop & & bucket?
Historically, cleaning vomit and other body fluid spills with a mop and bucket was a common practice.
Pathogens can attach themselves to the mop handles and surfaces and therefore continue to thrive long after the 'clean up' operation was 'complete'.
It is now widely accepted that best practise is to dispose of all materials involved with
5 business costs of pathogens
Reports of virus outbreaks in restaurants, schools, on transport such as cruise ships etc drive national headlines. Outbreaks can happen anywhere. The best defence is a good response plan for vomit and diarrhoea events. Body fluid spill kits are a key part of risk management programs and include disinfectants that can help prevent outbreaks.
Making a small investment in a body fluid spill kit can be a cost saving decision.
Word spreads quickly. News of a virus outbreak can lead to lost business and require significant marketing investments in order to regain lost consumer trust.
Organisations are unable to generate revenues in the immediate aftermath of a virus outbreak. Delays associated with decontamination services and, in some cases, clearance from the health department can impact the bottom line in a meaningful way.
Virus outbreaks can result in more frequent oversight by local and state health departments charged with public safety. Additional compliance burdens can represent lower productivity and additional costs.
Decontamination services performed by professional service firms can be expensive and disruptive.
A virus outbreak can affect hundreds of customers and employees before the pathogen is properly contained.
CQC regulations are in place for healthcare providers to ensure they are providing a care service to a high standard.
Questions to ask spill kit suppliers
Not all spill kits are created equal!
All spill kit components should be thrown away after a clean
up to prevent cross-contamination.
Ensure the disinfectant is food safe. As a matter of interest, ours is!
A proper spill kit should contain a complete set of protective materials for your first responders. Check the contents are sufficient. Contain-ER offer basic and advanced body fluid spill kits to cope with different incident types.
Small body fluid spills cleaned up as a result of an unplanned accident may not be considered regulated waste. You should consult your local regulated waste rules to be sure.
Absorbents are an important part of any spill kit because they help limit the dispersion of pathogens in the air and help to make clean up of body fluids easier. Contain-ER's absorbent granules can absorb up to 1L.
When time is of the essence, instructions that are printed on fluid resistant paper with step-by-step pictures or images are best.
Your spill kit provider should be willing to engage with you to understand your needs and develop a solution that is optimised for your unique circumstances.
Specific components of spill kits can have expiration dates. It may be useful to know that our spill kits do not have an expiry date.