How to Remove Harmful Waste Servsafe

How to Remove Harmful Waste the Servsafe way! Facts taken from the Cebter of Disease Control. Westchester Food Safety. Keeping your food safe and free of pathogens.


It is extremely important if an employee or customer gets ill, either by vomiting or diarrhea, the cleanup be done in a prompt and in an efficient manner.

Making a master emergency plan in case of emergency is important step. Training staff and keeping your food establishment free of potential pathogens is key. Follow and read procedures on the removal of harmful waste. Use some of the below info which was taken from the Center of Disease Control. Food Safety is extremely important. Servsafe focuses on many key points, which you can learn about through a course from Westchester Food Safety.

Some useful information has been put together by both the FDA. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the CDC, the Center for Disease Control.


Clean up Procedures for Vomit/Fecal Events

Vomiting and diarrheal accidents should be cleaned up using the following recommended steps:


Minimize the risk of disease transmission through the prompt removal of ill employees, customers and others from areas of food preparation, service, and storage.


Exclude all employees that are experiencing symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhea and follow the employee health policy of when to restrict/exclude an ill food employee. Segregate the area, and cover the vomit/fecal matter with single use disposable towels to prevent aerosolization.


Mix a chlorine bleach solution that is stronger than the chlorine solution used for general sanitizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 1000-5000 ppm or 5-25 tablespoons of regular household bleach (5.25%) per gallon of water.


Note: some quaternary ammonia sanitizers are effective for Norovirus (see the reference section of this document for a link to find a list of EPA listed sanitizers


Wear disposable gloves during cleaning. To help prevent the spread of disease, it is highly recommended that a disposable mask and/or cover gown, (or apron), and shoe covers be worn when cleaning liquid matter.


Ensure the affected area is adequately ventilated (the chlorine bleach solution can become an irritant when inhaled for some individuals and can become an irritant on skin as well. Soak/wipe up the vomit and/or fecal matter with towels and dispose of them into a plastic garbage bag.

Apply the bleach solution onto the contaminated surface area and allow it to remain wet on the affected surface area for at least 10 minutes. Allow the area to air dry. Dispose of any remaining sanitizer solution once the accident has been cleaned up. Discard all gloves, masks, and cover gowns (or aprons) in a plastic bag and dispose of the bag immediately.


Take measures to dispose of and/or clean and disinfect the tools and equipment used to clean up the vomit and/or fecal matter.




Discard any food that may have been exposed in the affected area.

A food establishment shall have procedures for employees to follow when responding to vomiting or diarrheal events that involve the discharge of vomitus or fecal matter onto surfaces in the food service establishment.

The procedures shall address the specific actions employees must take to minimize the spread of contamination and the exposure of employees, consumers, food, and surfaces to vomitus or fecal matter.


Note: Effective cleaning of vomit and/or fecal matter accidents in a food service establishment should be handled differently from routine cleaning

/sanitizing procedures.


Document the information of the person(s) who was ill. Information such as: name, address, age, and travel history (itinerary of last few days), and a 3 day food consumption history should be included.


An incident report of actions that were taken as a result of an individual being sick should be completed. Include information such as: the location of the incident, the time and date, and procedures of the cleanup process. Keep the information on file by the business for at least a year.

NOTE: the information may be useful for the health department’s investigation.


Center for Disease Control: Preventing Norovirus Infection


Food Code FDA



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