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Ask the expert: Carpeting in lab blood draw rooms

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.