Biohazard Alert: 6 Ways to Protect Yourself From a Biohazard Disaster
Biohazards can endanger the safety of your employees. Therefore, it’s important to know how to warn them of the presence of a biohazard in their work area. Taking the right precautions will only take a moment, and will protect everyone from risks.
Here is how you can warn your employees of the presence of a hazardous agent or of a possible contamination:
☣ 1. Make sure everyone knows how to use biohazard labels
Biohazard labels are labels that show the universal biohazard symbol, and can also include a few words or a short sentence to describe a specific biohazard. They generally have a fluorescent orange or red background, with a contrasting symbol and contrasting letters.
You should make sure all of your employees can easily recognize biohazard labels, and will know how to use them to warn each other of possible risks in their work area.
☣ 2. Attach labels on containers or bags of contaminated waste
Biohazard labels should be attached to any container or bag that contains contaminated waste, laundry or objects. Contaminated equipment that needs to be decontaminated or shipped should also be identified with a biohazard sign.
Biohazard labels should be attached to bags or containers with an adhesive, or with the help of a wire or a string, in a way that will prevent anyone from unintentionally removing them. Many biohazard labels are printed on adhesive-backed vinyl, which makes it easy to attach them to any surface.
☣ 3. Clearly identify refrigerators and freezers
Any refrigerator or freezer that contains biohazards such as blood, human body fluids, or microbiological waste, should be clearly identified with a biohazard label.
In fact, any hazardous area should be clearly identified. Some biohazard labels will mention that only authorized personnel wearing the proper protective equipment should enter a room, while others will mention that eating, drinking, smoking or handling contact lenses is prohibited in a certain area.
Using biohazard labels is an easy way to protect the safety or your employees and of anyone who might have to visit your work area.
☣ 4. Use substitutes to biohazard labels
Red containers or bags that are meant to contain hazardous waste or contaminated laundry or equipment will not require any biohazard label, as long as everyone knows they have to look out for red containers.
In certain situations, biohazard labels are not required. For example, waste that has been decontaminated, or individual containers of blood that are being placed in a larger container that has already been labeled, will not require a biohazard label.
☣ 5. Order biohazard labels online
You will not be able to find biohazard labels in just any store, but you can easily order them online. Search for a provider of safety labels and signs that can provide you with self-adhesive biohazard labels, signs, and tags.
Most biohazard labels on the market are durable, and will easily grab the attention of anyone who sees them. They are also affordable, so there is no reason for you to not have many of them at your disposal for daily use or for emergencies.
☣ 6. Create your custom biohazard signs
If you can’t find any biohazard label that conveys the right message, that doesn’t mean you should grab a marker and make your own sign. Many label providers can create custom biohazard labels that will meet your needs, and say exactly what you need them to say.
Personalizing your biohazard labels is simple, and could really make a difference in the way your employees will perceive these labels and follow the instructions that are being displayed.