BLOOD SPILL POLICY

The aim of this policy is to decrease the exposure risk to blood-borne and body fluid whilst at training/competing/grading at events organised by InDefence.
Instructors and students associated with InDefence are responsible for understanding and implementing and following this policy.
The following guidelines must be implemented at the training location:

In the event of a blood spill we use the following procedure:

• stop the blood
• dress the wound
• clean up the blood

• A student who is bleeding or has blood on their clothing must immediately leave the training area and seek medical attention.
• The bleeding must be stopped, the wound dressed and blood on the students’ body
or clothing cleaned off before they return to training.
Training must cease until all blood on the ground or equipment is cleaned up.
Gloves must be used when handling blood or anything with blood on it. All blood and body fluids should be treated as though they are potentially infectious.
When spills of blood or other body fluids happen, as far as is possible:
• avoid direct contact with blood or body fluids;
cover any cuts on your hands/body with an appropriate dressing; and wear latex gloves.
For more information on Blood Spills please refer to the following : http://www.avf.org.au/images/about-us/policies/SMA_Blood_Policy_Pamphlet.pdf

Tips:
Keep clean, use your own stuff
Don’t share clothing, razors, towels, face washers, nail clippers, drink bottles,
mouth guards, medication inhalers or any other personal equipment which may
have blood, saliva or other body fluids present. These fluids can be present in very
minute quantities and not visible to the human eye, but still harbour enough germs
to spread infection from one person to another.

Get immunised against Hepatitis A & B
Immunisation is an effective and inexpensive means of significantly reducing your risk of
influenza, hepatitis A and hepatitis B (strongly recommended for contact sports).