Cleaning feces from a wall in a school bathroom

Here’s a step-by-step procedure to handle this task effectively:

  1. Preparation:
    • Gather Supplies: Ensure you have rubber gloves, disposable face masks, protective eyewear, a plastic scraper, paper towels, garbage bags, a disinfectant cleaner or bleach solution, and a mop or sponge.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Wear rubber gloves, a disposable face mask, and protective eyewear to protect yourself from harmful bacteria and fumes.
  2. Initial Cleaning:
    • Remove Solids: Using a plastic scraper, carefully remove any solid waste from the wall. Dispose of the waste by placing it in a sealed garbage bag.
    • Wipe Down: After removing the solids, use paper towels to wipe down the area, removing as much residue as possible. Dispose of these towels in a sealed garbage bag.
  3. Disinfecting:
    • Prepare Disinfectant Solution: Mix a disinfectant cleaner or a bleach solution (4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water) as per the manufacturer’s instructions or health guidelines.
    • Apply Disinfectant: Soak a mop or sponge in the disinfectant solution and thoroughly wipe the affected area on the wall. It’s important to extend the cleaning area beyond the visibly affected spot to ensure complete disinfection.
    • Let it Sit: Allow the disinfectant to sit on the wall for at least 10 minutes (or according to the product instructions) to effectively kill germs and bacteria.
  4. Rinsing and Drying:
    • Rinse the Wall: After the disinfectant has had time to work, use clean water and a fresh mop or sponge to rinse the wall.
    • Dry the Area: Use clean, dry paper towels or a clean cloth to dry the wall thoroughly.
  5. Disposal and Cleanup:
    • Dispose of Waste: Carefully dispose of all used gloves, masks, paper towels, and any other contaminated materials in a sealed garbage bag. It’s essential to double-bag the waste to prevent leakage and further contamination.
    • Clean Tools: Clean all tools used (e.g., scraper) with disinfectant. Dispose of or wash any reusable cleaning clothes at a high temperature.
  6. Ventilate:
    • Air Out the Space: If possible, open windows or use fans to help ventilate the area and clear out any fumes from the disinfectant products.
  7. Reporting:
    • Document the Incident: Record the incident according to the school’s health and safety policies. This documentation may be important for health monitoring and future reference.