Environmental Safety

Laboratory Safety: Needlesticks

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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

Practice Recommendations for Health-care Facilities Implementing the U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for Management of Occupatioal Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens

Management of Occupatioal Blood Exposures

Exposures to Basic and Expanded HIV postexposure Prophylaxis Regimens

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