Recreational Facilities : Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education, Building and Equipment Safety

Protecting Against Recreational Water Illness

Body fluids, including blood, feces, and vomit* are all potentially contaminated and may be infectious. Spills of these fluids around the pool area should be cleaned up and the area disinfected immediately.

Disinfectant Solution

Mixing a Bleach
Disinfecting Solution
1 part bleach
10 parts water
Add the bleach to the water

The most commonly used chemical for disinfection is a solution of household bleach (5.25% chlorine) and water. A solution of bleach and water loses it strength quickly so a new solution should be made for each cleanup.

Cleaning up Safely

  1. Block off area of the spill until cleanup and disinfection is complete.
  2. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning up spills.
  3. Spills should be wiped up with paper towels or disposable rags, placed in a plastic garbage bag, and placed in covered garbage containers.
  4. Pour a bleach solution (see box) onto all the contaminated site. Let bleach solution remain on the contaminated site for 20 minutes.
  5. Wipe up remaining bleach solution.
  6. Remove gloves, place is plastic garbage bag with all soiled cleaning materiels. Securely tie bag and dispose in covered garbage containers.
  7. Wash hands with soap and water.
* To clean vomit from the pool, please follow instructions outlined for handling well-formed stools in the fact sheet, Fecal Accident Response: Protecting Against Recreational Water Illness.