emergency situation involving blood or OPIM, always use Universal Precautions
and minimize your risk for exposure by wearing appropriate PPE and using the
safe practices that have been described earlier.
What to do
if you are exposed
If eyes, nose, or mouth become
contaminated, use eye wash stations or drench hoses to flush the
contaminated area. Know the procedure for the area you are working or classroom
lab. If you don't have access to an eyewash station following an exposure,
flush at a regular sink.
Flush as soon as possible and
continue to flush for a full 15
minutes. Always try to flush away from the nose to prevent
contamination of the other eye. After flushing, go to University Health
Services or to Rockingham Memorial Hospital for medical consultation.
For exposed skin surfaces, wash
the exposed area thoroughly with soap and water. Use a non-abrasive,
antibacterial soap if possible. Again, after washing, seek medical
Report the exposure to your
supervisor as soon as possible.