Ask the expert: Carpeting in lab blood draw rooms

By: March 8th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Are there any OSHA rules against carpeting in lab blood draw rooms?

A: OSHA does not specifically prohibit carpeting where phlebotomy procedures occur, but that doesn’t mean you should redecorate immediately.

If you are going to have a carpeted blood draw area, you should certainly assess the risk for spills and choose floor material that allows for safe and efficient decontamination.

From an infection prevention perspective, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) in Infection Control in Ambulatory Care recommends against carpeting for aesthetic and odor control reasons in areas where blood and body fluid spills will routinely occur. These areas include laboratories, procedure rooms, and soiled utility rooms, according to APIC.



I have been looking for a method to clean carpets after a BBP contamination and have been unable to find one that would meet OSHA standards. Even the professional cleaning/restoration service I consulted could not guarantee it would meet OSHA approval. We had to have the carpet replaced. Does anyone know of a method to clean carpet that has been contaminated?

By Bruce Cunha on March 13th, 2012 at 10:11 am

We use a steam evacuator system with sprayed on disinfectants for carpeting and upolstery blood cleaning.

This is a vacuum that also produduces steam.

A carpet extractor that uses a hospital grade disinfectant should also be appropriate.

I know when I consult with a healthcare facility I always reccommend that no carpet be installed in any areas other than an office (maybe). I like to see welded seamed sheet goods. Usually that is not in the budget so my other option is to install 2’X2’carpet squares so they can be remove and replaced as they become contaminated.

Are there any regulations regarding carpeting in the Laboratory-especially where there are chemicals like formalin?

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