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Safety and Sanitation During the Encapsulation Process

APPA Certified Placenta Arts Specialists spend countless hours researching and studying. The APPA training program provides meticulous education in all aspects of safety and sanitation when preparing placentas. We equip our students with knowledge and best practices to prevent cross-contamination through rigorous training in safe preparation techniques. We believe that a complete education, integrity, scope of practice, safety and sanitation, and quality practice are key to providing exceptional placenta services, around the world. Our goal is not to simply provide certification, but to create experts in placentophagy.

Working with placentas requires care and conscientiousness, from the first client contact to cleaning and sanitation. The placenta is an incredibly special organ, a link between baby and parent. We are keenly aware that families have only one chance to utilize their placentas safely.

Placenta Specialists learn to prevent the potential transmission of bloodborne diseases in accordance with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard – 29CFR 1910.1030. Part of APPA’s certification process includes a thorough board-reviewed protocol. These protocols represent lab-quality safety standards of practice.

Like other meats, placentas have the potential to harbour bacteria and viruses that can be harmful when ingested. E. Coli, Group B Strep, etc. are some of the most commonly feared. Still, we know these bacteria are relatively fragile, with death-point temperatures well within USDA recommended food-safe temperatures. This is why APPA strictly follows food-safe temperature guidelines, in order to ensure eradication or sufficient reduction in potentially harmful bacteria.

Hand washing is always done before, during and after each placenta is prepared.

Each placenta is thoroughly cleaned prior to preparation with a single use sponge and running water. All equipment that is not single use is dismantled and cleaned thoroughly with dish soap and water and then sanitized in a chlorine bleach solution between every placenta, even if there is more than one placenta needing to be prepared. The workspace is thoroughly cleansed and sanitized with chlorine bleach between each placenta and the PPE and workspace protection including bluey pads and plastic drapes, are all single use and are discarded between each placenta.

APPA’s sanitation and safety practices are rigorous in terms of preparation, work, and clean-up. Preventing cross-contamination is our top priority for every placenta, every time.


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