Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure

An exposure to a bloodborne pathogen is defined as any blood or other potentially infectious bodily fluids contact with the eye, mouth, mucous membrane, non-intact skin, or subdermal. In the event an individual is involved in an incident where an exposure to a bloodborne pathogen may have occurred, the following steps should be followed:

  1. Stop all work immediately and alert others in the area.
  2. Remove any contaminated clothing and/or personal protective equipment.
  3. Wash exposed body areas thoroughly with mild soap and water. Continue to flush area(s) with water for a minimum of fifteen minutes.
  4. Contact the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224 to report the exposure and remain in a safe place in proximity to the incident while waiting for responders.
  5. Receive a recommended post-exposure evaluation at a medical facility.  A post exposure medical evaluation can be coordinated through DPS or EHSS.