Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management
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- Use barrier protection at all times.
- Use gloves for protection when working with or around blood and body fluids.
- Change glove between patients.
- Use glasses, goggles, masks, shields, and waterproof gowns/aprons to protect face from splashes.
- Wash hands if contaminated and after removing gloves.
- Use puncture-resistant sharps disposal containers (at point of use).
- Do not recap, bend or break needles and handle all sharps carefully.
- Use resuscitation equipment and devices for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
- Minimize spills and spatters; use leak-proof containers; appropriate biological safety cabinet.
- Decontaminate all surfaces and devices after use.
- Observe prudent laboratory practices.
- Use proper waste management/housekeeping.
- Promptly seek medical attention and counseling if exposed to contaminated materials (see below).
Other Protection Procedures
- Use safe-design needle kits.
- Use needle guard or needlestick prevention devices if recapping needle is necessary.
- Reduce the use of needles and other sharps.
- Use occlusive bandages as needed.
- Follow infection control/body substance isolation practices.
- Review and monitor protocols and/or practices for improving safety conditions.
- Change or modify protocols/practices according to risk of tasks or biosafety level with additional use of personal protective equipment or special precautions.
- Use approved disinfectant (e.g. 1:10 household bleach, etc.).
- Use proper personal protective equipment.
- Use a suitable strategy for decontamination and clean-up.
- Absorb, contain and decontaminate spills.
- Clean area with detergent and water after decontamination.
- Properly dispose of contaminated materials.
- Place infectious waste in labeled "red bag"/designated containers.
- Dispose of sharps in labeled, puncture-resistant containers.
- Utilize: proper storage/transport/treatment (decontamination) of infectious materials.
In Case of Accident:
- Immediately report the incident to your supervisor and fill out "Supervisor's First Report of Injury" form.
- Report the incident as soon as possible to Environmental Health & Safety at 500-8100 (Biological Safety 500-4193).
- Seek medical attention and/or counseling.
- Contact UT Student and Employee Health Services at 500-3267; take completed "Supervisor's First Report of Injury" form with you for office appointment.
- Needlesticks should be reported to 951-8013 (a 24 hour pager).