Human Blood Spills
Blood borne Pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis B can be transmitted through contact with human blood.
- Exposure of eyes, nose or mouth to blood
- Exposure of non-intact (cut, scratched, burned, etc.) skin to blood
- Accidental injection or puncture of the skin with a blood-contaminated sharp object
At STCC, only designated, trained individuals are advised to provide First Aid & Emergency Assistance or to clean-up blood spills.
If there is a situation involving an injured individual and/or a release of blood:
- Immediately call for medical assistance by contacting the police at 911.
- Be prepared to tell the police the following information:
- Your name, phone number, and location from which you are calling
- The nature of the incident
- Stay in the immediate area to meet responders.
- While waiting for assistance, comfort may be provided to the victim. When possible, have the victim apply pressure to the injury with an absorbent material (paper towel, cloth, etc.).
- If assistance is given in bleeding incidents, barrier protection (gloves, towel, etc.) should be used.
- Do not attempt to clean-up the blood yourself. Trained Facilities staff will respond to properly remove blood and decontaminate the affected area(s).
If accidental exposure to human blood occurs:
- Notify your supervisor immediately. Employees must complete an incident report with assistance from their supervisor.
- Seek medical attention at the nearest hospital or contact your private health care provider as soon as possible.
Note: The sooner medical treatment is obtained, the less likely exposure may result in infection and/or disease.