Avoid direct contact with body fluids, as they all have the potential to spread germs. Germs in vomit and diarrhea may travel through the air, so it is important to clean up quickly.
A spill kit should be prepared ahead of time that includes:
- gloves (disposable)
- paper towel
- soap and detergent
- plastic bags
- Wear disposable latex or vinyl gloves. Reusable rubber gloves are acceptable as long as they are cleaned and sanitized after each use.
- Remove all visible material, working from the least to the most soiled areas, using paper towel or single-cloth. If you are cleaning up feces or vomit, be careful not to agitate the material so that virus particles do not become airborne. Put all material in a water-proof bag for disposal.
- Clean the area using soap or detergent, again working from the least to the most soiled areas.
- Disinfect the area using an approved broad-spectrum disinfectant following the manufacturers directions for procedures and length of time to leave on surface.
- Discard gloves and other cleaning articles in a plastic bag.
- Wash hands after removing the gloves.
- Put on a new pair of disposable latex or vinyl gloves.
- Wash the non-disposable cleaning equipment (mops/buckets) thoroughly with soap and water and then rinse with an approved disinfectant.
Last modified: February 19, 2020