Needlestick, Cuts or Non-Intact Skin Biohazard Exposure
- Remove protective clothing or PPE as needed to gain access to the affected area
- Wash hands
- Wash the affected part while allowing the wound to bleed freely (if applicable). Use soap if available, but avoid strong chemical disinfectants that can damage skin, e.g. bleach
- Apply an appropriate disinfectant from the first aid kit (e.g. antibiotic ointment).
- Notify the PI or lab supervisor and inform them of the circumstances of the injury, including what was being handled at the time.
- For ALL Needlesticks, Human Blood or Body Fluid, or other Biohazard exposures in the Gainesville area call (866) 477-6824 (OUCH) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Employees enrolled in the BioPath Program should inform the hotline that they are a BioPath participant.
- Jacksonville UF employees should report to the Employee Health Office in Suite 505, Tower 1, 5th and Jefferson from 7 AM to 4:30 PM. After hours proceed to the Emergency Room.
If you are on an off-site rotation further than one-hour travel time from UF campus, seek care at the nearest medical facility.
Splash to Face, Eyes or Mucous Membranes
- Proceed to the nearest eyewash station and activate it
- Rinse face/mouth/nose/eyes
- Eyes should be flushed for at least 15 minutes.
- Forcibly hold eye open to ensure effective rinsing behind eyelids.
- Move eye side-to-side and up-down during rinsing.
- Remove contact lenses.
- Place contaminated clothing in a red bag or biohazard bag for decontamination.
- Obtain medical treatment: call the Needlestick-Biopath Hotline at (866) 477-6824. They will direct you on what further action to take.
- Watch for symptoms of exposure or delayed onset effects.
- Report incident to PI/supervisor and Biological Safety Office (352) 392-1591.
Source: UF Environmental Health & Safety
Version Date: 06/07/2012