Environmental Safety



Laboratory Safety: Needlesticks

After a Needlestick or Splash With Human Blood / Body Fluids


  • Wash needlesticks or cuts with soap and water; irrigate splashes to the nose, mouth or skin with water; irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irrigants.
  • Report exposure or injury to supervisor
  • Immediately seek medical attention
  • Complete SU "Employee First Report of Injury"(PDF) form for use when getting treatment.  These forms are available through your supervisor, departmental offices and human resources.

    Human Resources: x7-5026

    Student Health Services: x3-6262

    Medical non-emergency: x3-6222 (university police)

Medical Providers:

  • If you have questions regarding medical treatment for occupational exposures to blood, 24 HOUR ASSISTANCE is available from the clinicians, post exposure prophylaxis hotline (PEPline) 888-448-4911.

Additional links from the CDC:

Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5011a1.htm

Practice Recommendations for Health-care Facilities Implementing the U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for Management of Occupatioal Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogenshttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5011a2.htm

Management of Occupatioal Blood Exposureshttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5011a3.htm

Exposures to Basic and Expanded HIV postexposure Prophylaxis Regimens http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5011a4.htm

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