If the incident is a minor cut or abrasion, the restaurant staff usually has a plan in place and can handle the quick cleanup per established protocols and guidelines. For anything more than a minor injury, though, blood and other bodily fluids from a larger incident may have landed on multiple pieces of equipment, fallen down into multiple crevices and cracks, and into food about to be served or cooked. Instead of running the risk of a customer catching a disease from infected food and you being held liable for all damages, instead of having someone who is untrained attempt to clean up the blood or other bodily fluids call a professional biohazard cleaning company with experience cleaning a variety of environments, surfaces, and equipment, and who know where to locate all possible biohazards.
Before the cleanup crew arrives, there are a couple of things you can do ahead of time to keep everyone safe.
- Remove the injured person from the scene immediately along with anyone else in the area. While limiting the affected area as much as possible, remove the injured person as soon as possible and get them to a hospital if needed. Then, remove everyone in the immediate vicinity so no one becomes infected by any diseases present in the blood or other bodily fluids.
- Stop food service right away. Depending on the type of accident, blood or other bodily fluids could have landed at a surprising distance. To protect all customers and staff, stop food service right away for any food in the potential area of infection.
- Cordon off the area until it is fully cleaned: If it’s a larger mess or a wider area than just a small cut or abrasion at a work station, then you need to cordon off the larger area so no one enters, becomes infected, or tracks bodily fluids elsewhere.
- Only someone trained in how to clean up blood and other bodily fluids should be the one to clean up the mess. If someone isn’t trained in how to clean up after bodily fluids, they not only don’t know where to look for where things might have gone, but they don’t know which chemicals are best to clean up each kind of bodily fluid. In addition, most restaurants don’t have the personal protective gear needed to protect themselves against infection or the knowledge of how to properly use it. A biohazard cleanup company will use proven methods to clean, disinfect and sanitize the entire area so you don’t have to worry that anything is left behind.
When it comes to your Long Island restaurant, your reputation is invaluable. Hire a professional to clean up blood and other bodily fluids so you are not liable and you can limit one accident from becoming the precursor to much longer-lasting implications while protecting the health of your customers and employees—and thus your business’s reputation.
If you have any questions about blood cleanup at your Long Island restaurant, give us a call at Omni Clean and we’ll be happy to assist you.