Control measure knowledge

Whenever possible unnecessary contact with body fluids should be avoided. Personnel should cover broken skin with waterproof dressings prior to attendance and wear appropriate clinical body fluid gloves. Clinical waste storage and transportation arrangements should be considered for contaminated clothing and equipment.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Carry out strategic risk assessments to identify foreseeable hazards within their area and identify control measures that eliminate or reduce risk
  • Consider the provision of or access to engineering controls that can assist with manual handling tasks

  • Develop service policy and procedures for the acquisition, application and maintenance of operational competency

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Isolate or cover body fluids following casualty removal

  • Instigate decontamination procedures following exposure of personnel and equipment to body fluids

All personnel should:
  • Avoid contact with body fluids where possible
  • Wear body fluid gloves and cover broken skin with waterproof dressing