Have you ever been in the middle of preparing a community meal, feeling the pressure to get everything ready on time, and then had to stop everything to respond to an accident?
Being prepared is the best way to minimize a crisis. If you do have to clean up the kind of bodily excretions that we would rather not write about, a accessible kit with the supplies and procedures makes the process quick, if not necessarily easy.
Bodily fluids such as vomit, feces & blood may contain bacteria or viruses that may cause illness. If not cleaned up properly, they may spread and infect other staff, volunteers or guests.
A clearly labeled spill kit with the necessary supplies & instructions can help respond to the incident quickly. For example:
Sanitizer (i.e. bleach or Quat Shot)
Yellow “Wet Floor” Signs (accessible, if too large for the kit)
To clean flat surfaces (floors, tables, sinks, etc):
If required, direct people away from the site of the spill with signs & barrier tape
Put on 2 pairs of gloves
Open the garbage bag
Using paper towels, clean spill & excess liquids
Remove the outer pair of gloves & put them in the garbage bag
Sanitize the area – spray with a sanitizer, wait for 10 minutes (or as instructed on the product label), then wipe clean
Throw paper towels & gloves into the garbage bag
Seal the garbage bag & take directly to a dumpster (if possible)