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BIOHAZARDS/BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

Biohazardous agents are bacteria, viruses, or parasites that cause disease. On campus, the agents most likely to be encountered will be body fluids such as blood, vomit and semen.

If human blood and/or body fluids are encountered, DO NOT CLEAN THEM UP.

Contact your supervisor and contact Riverpoint Campus Security at (509) 358-7995.  Security will contact Environmental Health and Safety personnel.  

Evacuate the area until it is determined to be safe by the appropriate authorities.  A trained staff member from 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, chapped hands, etc.) this is not considered an “exposure” and there is no danger of being infected with a pathogen.
  • If there has been a puncture wound to the skin, i.e., needle puncture, nail puncture, etc. or if the affected skin area does have cuts, abrasions, chapped hands, etc., a post exposure evaluation should be performed immediately.  Contact your supervisor for further instruction and follow the department's Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan. 

Campus personnel who injure themselves and cause a blood spill should clean up the spill by themselves, if possible, with a 10% bleach solution.  A trained staff member from Environmental Health and Safety will assess the need for cleanup.

Procedures: Prior to calling, determine how large the spill area is.

  • Inform Riverpoint Campus Security if the spill area covers less than or more than (2) two square feet in area.
  • Do not include the entire barricade area in the spill area estimate, just the amount of area actually covered by the blood/body fluids. 

Depending on the size of the spill, either Environmental Health and Safety or Riverpoint Campus Security personnel will respond as soon as possible.  A trained staff member from Environmental Health and Safety will assess the need for clean up.

Complete an online Incident Report form (S25.20.7) and forward it, within 24 hours, as directed. Obtain the report online or by calling (509) 358-7994.  Immediately report accidents that result in death, serious injury (e.g., fracture, amputation) or in-patient hospitalization of WSU personnel or third parties. This applies to all personnel at the Riverpoint Campus, including WSU Spokane, EWU, SIRTI, and SIRTI tenants.

CONTACT US

Campus Alert Line:
509-323-2474

Telephone:
509-358-7760 or 509-358-7994
Fax:
509-368-6990

E-mail:
norenep@wsu.edu