2017-2018 Faculty Handbook

Bloodborne Pathogens

Certain infectious diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis B, are transmitted through contact with blood and other secretions from a person with the illness. When a person is injured, those who render aid should avoid direct contact with blood.

To protect yourself and others from potential transmission of bloodborne pathogens, employees should follow these guidelines:

  • Sharps (needles and other pricking devices) must be placed in approved containers.

  • Contaminated materials must be discarded in specially designed trash bags or containers.

  • Broken glass should only be removed by people who have been trained in proper handling techniques (call Plant Operations for help). Never pick up broken glass by hand.

  • Cover cuts and open sores with bandages to avoid transmission of pathogens to others or to prevent leaving potentially harmful substances on surfaces.

If you have unprotected contact with the blood of another person, report that contact to the Human Resources Office immediately.