Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Manual: Exposure

Bloodborne Pathogens: Exposure
Exposure

An exposure incident is any contact with blood or other potentially hazardous bodily fluid. Though all contact should be treated and reported, contact to the eye, mouth, mucous membrane or open wound areas is of utmost concern.

When personal exposure takes place, you should attempt to clean the exposure site as best as possible, report the incident and arrange for medication treatment, evaluation, follow-up medical evaluation.

In case of BBP exposure, follow these steps:

  1. Rinse the exposed area with hot water (if your gloves are contaminated, use a paper towel to turn on the faucet)
  2. Wash your hands (or the area) with soap for at least 20 seconds
  3. If the contamination is ocular, flush your eyes with water
  4. Report the incident
  5. Seek medical attention

    Special Note:  If a hand washing station is not available, you may sanitize with waterless hand sanitizer.