Bloodborne Pathogens

Procedure for Handling Blood or Body Fluid Spills

If any member of the college community is present during a situation where there is a blood or other potentially infectious material spill they are to follow the procedure outlined as follows.

  • Do not touch the material: You may cover it with a paper towel or whatever disposable material is available. Stay by the material so no one accidentally comes in contact with it while awaiting the response team.
  • Call Public Safety at 717-245-1111: Explain to the officer that there has been a hazardous bodily fluid spill. An officer will respond and evaluate the situation. A select group of Facilities personnel have been identified as the “response team” are specially trained to handle such situations in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
  • An injured party should administer self-care prior to the arrival of the response team: If the blood or body fluid is from an injury, the injured party should be offered material to hold pressure over the wound, if such material is available.  If the injured person is unconscious and unable to hold pressure to a wound, assistance would be appropriate. Employees who choose to assist, do so at their own risk. If an employee does come in contact with any blood or other potentially infectious material accidentally during working hours, the employee may receive a Hepatitis B vaccine within 24 hours of the exposure. The cost will be borne by the college. Call the Human Resource Services Department for more information or go directly to the Carlisle Hospital Emergency Department.

For more information, see the college's Exposure Control (Bloodborne Pathogens) Program