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Biological Spill / Release

A biohazardous spill/release (blood or other infectious material) can occur anytime there is an unplanned release of potentially infectious material into the work environment. Proper response to these incidents can ensure personnel and community safety while eliminating environmental contamination.

Generally, a spill greater than 1 liter will require outside assistance for clean up. However, each situation should be evaluated on a case by case basis. Factors to be considered in determining in-house spill clean up versus outside assistance would include: amount of surface area contaminated, type of surface (i.e., porous or vinyl), volume of material, and the source (i.e., crime scene, injured person).

Indoor Spill
Housekeeping personnel have the necessary training and the capabilities of cleaning and decontaminating indoor biohazard spills.

Outdoor Spill
The Grounds personnel have the necessary training and the capabilities of cleaning and decontaminating outdoor biohazard spills.

Spill Beyond Our Control
(greater than 1 liter and/or circumstances)
GW holds a contract with an outside environmental company to respond to biohazard spills. Coordinate efforts through the Office of Health and Safety.

If a biological spill or release occurs in your immediate area, contact UPD at 202-994-6111 for the Foggy Bottom and Virginia Campuses and 202-242-6111 at Mount Vernon Campus.

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