Blood and Body Fluid Exposures

Occupational exposure to blood/body fluids and other potentially infectious materials should be reported immediately to the Occupational Health Clinic (link to OHC website).

 What is classified as an occupational exposure to blood/body fluids?
An occupational exposure occurs when there is a puncture, scratch, laceration, splash, prolonged skin contact or contact with broken skin involving blood, body fluids, or other potentially infectious materials.

What kinds of body fluids and materials are potentially infectious?
Body fluids of concern include: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, and other body fluids visibly contaminated with blood. Any unfixed tissue or organ from a human is potentially infectious as are cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and culture medium or other solutions from experimental animals infected with HIV or hepatitis B.


What should I do if I am exposed?
If you are exposed to someone's blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials


Here are the steps you should take:
1. Take appropriate first aid measures (clean wound with soap and water; flush mucous membranes with water/saline for 15 minutes)
2. Get the name, medical record number and location of exposure source
3. Notify your supervisor so he/she can complete the Tennessee First Report of Injury and mail it to Risk Management within 48 hours
4. Report, in person, to the Occupational Health Clinic (640 Medical Arts Building)

5. If exposure occurs after hours, report to the Emergency Department.

NOTE: You will still need to come to Occupational Health on the next business day to ensure proper documentation and follow-up if you are seen in the Emergency Department.

REMEMBER: Post exposure prophylaxis should be initiated as soon as possible if indicated (preferably within 1-2 hours after exposure but up to 24 hours after the exposure).



All phone numbers are in area code 615 unless otherwise noted.

Occupational Health Clinic          936-0955

Emergency Department              322-0160

Risk Management                      936-0660



OSHA Bloodbourne Pathogen Standard link