Biological Exposures

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 exposures in the Gainesville area call (866) 477-6824 (OUCH) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • For known biohazard exposures
  • 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; Revised 4/9/14.