Biohazardous agents are bacteria, viruses or parasites which cause disease. The agents most likely to be encountered will be body fluids such as blood, vomit or semen.

If human blood and/or body fluids are encountered:

  • Contact your supervisor and notify Environmental Health and Safety, at 359.6496. After hours notify the University Police at 509.535.9233.
  • Secure the area to the best of your ability without touching anything contaminated. A trained staff member from Office of Risk Management Environmental Health and Safety 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 is not considered an "exposure" and there is no danger of being infected with a pathogen.
  • If the affected skin area does have cuts, abrasions, etc., a post-exposure evaluation should be performed immediately. Notify Office of Risk Management Environmental Health and Safety, 359.6496.
  • 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. Forward it within 24 hours to Environmental Health and Safety, 002 Martin, 359.6496. The form may be found at:  or check with your supervisor.

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