Spillage management


Spillages within a dental surgery are inevitable at some time.

Careful planning and protocols are required to ensure that they are dealt with in a consistent approach that protects the patient, the employee and the employer.

It is important to have the following in place: 

  • A policy and procedure outlining cleaning and disposal of a bodily fluid or hazardous products in a safe and effective manner by appropriate trained persons. It should be mindful of the control of substances hazardous to health.

  • Give staff training in the correct procedure for dealing with a spillage. Ensure that they know where the spillage kit is kept, how to use it and how and where to report a spillage. 

A spillage kit containing the equipment and chemicals to effectively remove the spillage is required.

Regular checks should be made on the kit for expiry dates and replacement of used contents


Personal Protective Equipment

In all instances where there is a risk of spillage, contact with blood, body fluids or hazardous products, correct PPE should be worn.

This includes:

  • During manual cleaning of surgical instruments.

  • High risk aerosol contamination during dental procedures.

  • All decontamination procedures.

  • All cleaning of spillages.

Staff should wear an appropriate uniform and especially footwear which must be fully enclosed to meet with health and safety regulations.

In addition, disposable plastic aprons, gloves, masks visors or goggles should be worn.

Dental practices should have an eye wash station to deal with splashes to the eyes. It is always advisable to seek medical attention in such circumstances.

In the event of a spillage, to protect staff and public, display a hazard sign or cordon off the area with biohazard tape. This will aid to alert others to the hazard.