Controlling the Situation with Red Z®

11/11/21 By Megan Malke

Accidents can happen anywhere, and when they do, they can result in injuries. It’s impossible to predict when and where an accident may occur, that’s why it’s important that all facilities, no matter the industry, must always be ready to control the situation with Safetec’s Red Z®.

The Evolution of “Universal Precautions”

In 1985 during the AIDS epidemic, the CDC issued guidelines for health workers providing care to patients infected with AIDS as well as for laboratory technicians testing potentially infectious materials. The guidelines the CDC recommended became known as Universal Precautions and included the use of personal protective equipment when exposed to blood and other bodily fluids.

The scientific basis of universal precautions is that individuals should treat any blood or bodily fluid as though it contains HIV, hepatitis, or another infectious agent.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandated universal precautions as a form of infection control in the early 1990s. Although developed for healthcare professionals, universal precautions should be taken by anyone who may have contact with blood or body fluids.

Red Z® Spill Control Solidifier

First developed by Safetec in the late 1980s, Red Z® Solidifier was used to help prevent infection during the AIDS epidemic. 

With the use of Red Z®, you can reduce the risks from improper spill clean-up by relying on the solidifying agent to do the hard work for you. 

Safetec’s Red Z® solidifies and deodorizes blood and other spills, so they can be easily scraped up and discarded. In addition, the solidification of blood into a semi-solid (gel) mass minimizes the risk of splashing and spattering, which helps you stay compliant with OSHA 1910.1030. Just one ounce solidifies over one liter of water-based fluid. 

Where to use Red Z® Spill Control Solidifier

Basically, anywhere there are people, blood, and body fluid spills may occur. Industries at risk from handling unexpected spills include:

  • Healthcare: Facilities (acute and long-term care, doctor’s offices, clinics), Laboratories and Pharmacies
  • EMS: First Responders (police, fire, EMT)
  • Occupational Health and Safety:  Government Facilities (military, schools, colleges), Transportation (airlines, buses, trains), Jan-San (hospitality, restaurants, salons)

Protect your staff and promote workplace safety with the use of Red Z®. Unexpected spills can happen anytime, anywhere – no matter what type of industry. Available in multiple convenient and easy-to-use packaging options, Safetec makes reducing the risks from improper spill clean-up easy!

 

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/museum/online/story-of-cdc/aids/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000039.htm