The Law – An Overview
Blood spills must be scrupulously cleaned and decontamination practices must be adequate and thorough in their application. Employers have a legal duty to protect all on their property from the risk of infection from blood borne pathogens. The law also places a responsibility on employees to cooperate with their employers to enable them to comply with the law. The primary responsibility rests with the employer who must ensure an incident management policy is in place that is functional and has the full support of everyone likely to be involved.
Health and Safety regulations
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (ref 1), also referred to as HSWA, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom. Under HSWA, employers have a duty to provide a safe place of work and protect the health and safety of their employees and others that may be
affected by their work activities. You will need to ensure that employees are kept up to date with any changes that could affect the risk and, if necessary, provide further training. The training that is provided needs to be appropriate to the level of risk involved and in a format that will be understood by the employee, taking into account their capabilities. You also need to evaluate the training to ensure it has achieved the desired outcome.
Who is recognised to be at greater risk from BBP’s?
- Groups of increased risks include:
- Staff of residential units and other accommodation providers, particularly for vulnerable demographic
- Those handling human remains, such as morticians, embalmers and forensic pathologists
- Prison service staff in regular contact with inmates
- Emergency frontline responders, such as the police and fire and rescue services
- Local authority services e.g. refuse disposal and street cleaners
- Designated First-Aiders in any occupation setting might be at increased risk.
Do you need to use a professional?
- The law no longer allows for some blood spills to be hosed down with water and swept down the drain or soaked to ground
- The law no longer accepts the reply … I didn’t know, or we never thought it could happen!
- Are you happy to accept the responsibility
Types of Blood borne Pathogens
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B (HBV)
- Hepatitis C
- NORO virus
There are new pathogens being discovered everyday !!!
The safe solution to the problem
The National Academy of Crime scene Cleaning
- Crime / Trauma scene cleaning
- Forensic equipment sanitising
- Vehicle sanitisation
- Hypodermic needle collection
- Custody cell sanitising
- Insect infestation control
- Specialist cleaning supplies
- RTA / RTC clean up
- Meth Lab / clandestine house clean up
Following a fatality or serious incident we can
- Work with the police force / local authorities to sanitise areas
- Following forensics, clean and sanitise public and private properties
- Perform needle sweeps
- Collect biohazard waste
National Coverage UK and Republic of Ireland
- Supply operatives on a 2 hour call out using NACSC network
- Supply trained, insured, licensed, equipped operatives through our members network.
- National rates
- National standards
- National coverage
The NACSC and all its members are happy to accept the RESPONSIBILITY involved in biohazard cleanup.
How valuable is that statement to you and your organisation?