Biohazard Safety

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CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

Summary Statement

This toolbox talk was created by NIOSH and CPWR and covers biohazard safety. The design allows workers to view a graphic while the facilitator presents the information. After the talk, the sheet can be posted on the jobsite with the graphic side out to reinforce the key points.
2013

CPWR Toolbox Talk logoAs in the healthcare industry, construction workers should assume that all surfaces are contaminated with potentially infectious materials and use precautions when working in wastewater areas or on live sewer lines.

 

Here is an Example

David, a construction worker, accidentally rolled his loader into a lake. Although David survived the accident, it prompted the company to test the lake, which was contaminated with raw sewage.

  1. What should David have done after discovering the lake was contaminated?
  2. What should the company do?

Promoting Biohazard Safety

  • Avoid direct contact with raw sewage. For pipelines or other inspections, remote controlled robotic cameras can minimize human exposure.
  • Use liquid-proof gloves, boots and face protection when in direct contact with raw sewage. Face shields should be used where splashing is anticipated.
  • Wash clothing at high temperatures (160 ºF) to ensure that all organisms are destroyed. Contaminated items should be kept away from eating and food storage areas.
  • Clean, treat, and report any cuts or punctures immediately. Consider all wounds as potentially infected.

What Are We Going to Do Today?

What will we do here at the worksite today to promote biohazard awareness?

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OSHA REGULATION: 1926.28

Graphic of a worker with protective clothing and a face shield opening a valve.

  • Use liquid-proof gloves, boots and face protection when in direct contact with raw sewage. Face shields should be used where splashing is anticipated.
  • Wash clothing at high temperatures (160 ⁰F) to ensure that all organisms are destroyed. Contaminated items should be kept away from eating and food storage areas.
  • Clean, treat, and report any cuts or punctures immediately. Consider all wounds to be potentially infected.