Would you know what to do if an employee at your company had a needlestick injury or other exposure incident? Other routes of exposure to biological material include accidents with other types of sharps as well as exposure to the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and non-intact skin.
Don’t be caught off guard! The last thing you want to be doing following an incident involving an exposure to potentially infectious material, or material known to be infectious, is figuring out the appropriate steps to take. Proper incident response is critical to worker health and safety. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that these steps be followed after an exposure incident:
Step 1, provide immediate care to the exposure site: this includes washing the puncture area for 15 minutes with soap and water. Remember, do not force bleed the wound! Splashes to the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, or non-intact skin) should also be […]