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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 359-7676.
  • Secure the area to the best of your ability without touching anything contaminated.  A trained staff member from Environmental Health and Safety will assess the need for cleanup.
  • 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.  Contact Environmental Health and Safety at 359-6496.
  • Campus personnel who injure themselves and cause a blood spill should clean up the spill themselves, if possible, with a 10% bleach solution.

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