MF Couriers Cleaning of Specimen Transport Coolers
Category: UW Medical Foundation Policy
Policy Number: MF
Effective Date: July 31, 2001
Manual: Employee Health/Infection Control
Section: Cleaning (Employee Health/Infection Control)
Courier and/or maintenance staff will clean and disinfect the inside and outside of the
patient specimen transport coolers.
To provide a clean and healthy environment for patients and UWMF staff and
1. The cleaning of specimen transport coolers will be done by courier/maintenance.
2. Cleaning of specimen transport coolers will be done in the maintenance area in
the large utility sink.
3. Cleaning of specimen transport coolers will be done at least every week or more
often as needed in the case of a spill or broken specimen container
4. Before attempting to clean specimen transport coolers, staff will wear appropriate
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which at a minimum is gloves, safety
glasses/goggles, and a buttoned laboratory coat or an impervious plastic apron.
5. Cleaning of specimen transport coolers will be done with an approved UWMF
disinfectant i.e. Clorox Bleach (1:10), Dispatch, etc. properly following all the
manufacturers’ instructions on the label.
6. If cleaning a large spill, use an approved UWMF biological spill kit, which
contains a super-absorber that solidifies the liquid biological spill. Once the
majority of the spill is contained, continue cleaning with an approved UWMF
7. Allow the disinfectant to sit for the proper amount of time that is recommended
by the manufacturer on the label. It takes time for the disinfectant to render all
8. Dispose of all cleaning waste (biological spill waste, gloves, etc.) in a proper
biological waste container. This is considered medical waste.
9. Properly wash hands with an antimicrobial soap after removing gloves at the end
of the cleaning process.
10. Record cleaning procedure in the Specimen Transport Cooler Cleaning Log
(Attachment A) located in the Maintenance Department. The log includes:
Initials of Staff Member Who Cleaned
WRITTEN BY: Jeffrey J. Oryall, MS, MT (ASCP) Health/Safety Manager