Exposure to Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials

bubblesIf you are exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials:

  1. Immediately wash area(s) with soap and water and use an emergency eyewash or shower for 15 minutes.
  2. Seek medical treatment.
    • Healthcare providers treating accidental exposures must be informed of any biological materials that may be involved in the exposure.
    • Report any unexpected acute illness to the institution.
    • The hepatitis B vaccination series could begin right away to any susceptible, unvaccinated person preferably within 24 hours and no later than 7 days.
    • Consider preserving a sample of the inoculum for later source testing for bloodborne pathogens.
  3. Notify your supervisor.
  4. Notify EH&S at 893.3194 (24 hr phone line).
  5. Document the incident by filling out an Incident Report Form located at
    http://www.ehs.ucsb.edu/workcomp.