Campus Security - Biohazards
Biohazards most likely to be encountered will be body fluids such as blood, vomit, or semen. These fluids could contain pathogens such as bacteria or viruses that can cause disease. If human blood and/or body fluids are encountered:
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN UP
- Contact your supervisor, notify facilities Operations at 769-3413 and Campus Security at 769-3310. After hours notify Campus Security at 769-3310.
- Secure the area to the best of your ability without touching anything contaminated. A trained staff member will assess the need for clean-up.
- If direct skin contact with blood/body fluids does occur, immediately wash the affected skin with hot water and soap, and report it to your supervisor.
- If the skin area is intact (no cuts, abrasions, etc.) this not considered and “exposure” and there is no danger of being infected with a pathogen.
- Although there are several possible pathways of transmission when considering exposure to bodily fluids, the most probable would be ingestion/absorption (typically through broken skin or mucous membrane).
- If there has been an exposure through one of these pathways or if one feels there was an exposure through another means of transmission a post-exposure evaluation should be preformed immediately.
- Campus personnel who injure themselves and cause a blood spill should clean up the spill themselves, if possible, with a 10 percent bleach solution.
- Complete an Incident Report form for any accident or injury, no matter how slight and forward it within 24 hours to Facilities Operations and Campus Security.