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Biohazard Spill kits – how to prepare for a biohazard spill

27 Feb 2024
Biohazard Spill kits - 20 Drum
What is a Biohazard Spill?

A biohazardous spill is an unplanned event where there is a release of infectious materials. These materials are not just limited to body fluids like blood, tissues, or organs, but also extend to animal or stock cultures. It is important to clean any  spills with biohazard spill kits as quickly as possible, ensuring the health and safety of staff and personnel.


Biological hazards capture organic substances that pose a potential threat to the well-being of both humans and other living organisms. This category includes pathogenic micro-organisms, viruses, toxins derived from biological sources, spores, fungi, and bio-active substances. Understanding and managing these elements is crucial for safeguarding the health of our communities and ecosystems. As a result, it is important for industries dealing with potential biohazards to be prepared with biohazard spill kits.

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What does a biohazard spill kit do?

Biohazard spill kits are made for cleaning up incidents involving bodily fluid spills or small spills of unidentified liquids. Biohazard spill kits are tailor-made for quick and efficient spill response. Featuring an encapsulating powder, these kits transform spills into solid masses upon water contact. This allows responders to manage the spill swiftly and effortlessly, facilitating an easy clean and proper disposal.


What type of industries need biohazard spill kits?

Biohazard spill kits are a necessity in many industries. Hospitals, service stations, shopping centres, schools, workshops, warehouses, and factories all have to deal with potential spills. In addition, biohazard spoil kits are a must in public areas. It is important to clean a spill in the public as soon as possible, reducing the risk of potential harm on the environment or the public.


What is in a biohazard spill kit?

So, what is in a biohazard spill kit? In our biohazard spill kit (BHK & BHK20) you will find:

  • Zeolite absorbent powder  – to safely absorb absorb moisture, liquids and odours
  • P2 cup style respirators
  • Disposable, white aprons
  • Disposable nitrile gloves
  • Clear safety goggles
  • All-purpose absorbent wipes
  • Yellow biohazard waste bags
  • Scoop and scraper
  • Organic sanitiser, concentrate
  • Antiseptic hand towelette
  • Instruction sheet
  • Disposable shoe covers*


*Not included in the BHK package.


How do I use a biohazard spill kit?

Before using the biohazard spill kit, it is important to prepare yourself using it efficiently and safely.


Prioritise your safety by wearing PPE when addressing a spill. Equip yourself with shoe covers, respirator, safety goggles, gloves, and an apron. Create a barrier around the spill site to restrict access and curb contamination spread. If needed, seek assistance promptly. Your well-being is important during spill cleanup, and these precautions ensure a secure and controlled response.


During the clean-up:

Control the spill at the source by preventing further spillage. Contain the spill by creating a barrier with zeolite absorbent powder and clean up from the outer perimeter of the spill first. Work carefully to avoid spreading the spill and contaminating more areas and make sure not to create aerosols and airborne dust. Additionally, use the zeolite absorbent powder and distribute evenly over and around the spill. Wait a few minutes.


Use the scoop and scraper to pick up the absorbed/solidified spill and place waste in one of the infectious/biohazard labelled waste bags. Sanitise the spill area with the organic sanitizer concentrate. To use, first dilute the concentrate to a ratio of 1 part sanitiser to 20 parts water. In addition, moisten one of the wipes with diluted sanitizer and wipe clean the area. Dry the spill area using the remaining wipes. Place wipes, scoop and scraper in one of the biohazard labelled waste bags. Finally, use a cable tie to seal the bag.


After the clean up

Remove PPE in the following order – shoe covers, apron, safety goggles, face mask and gloves. Place in one of the biohazard labelled waste bags. Use a cable tie to tie and seal the bag. Additionally, wash any skin that has been in contact with contaminated waste. Clean and disinfect hands with an antiseptic hand towelette. Dispose of waste in compliance with applicable State and Federal government regulations. Consequently, complete appropriate site Incident report form.


Explore Global Spill & Safety’s Lab & Healthcare spill kit range:

It is critically important to be prepared in industries that have the potential for workers to be exposed to biological hazards. Click here to explore our wide range of body fluid and biohazard spill kits. 


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