Evaluation of Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens

What are bloodborne pathogens?

Bloodborne pathogens are viruses that can be transmitted through the blood or certain other body fluids.

What is a body substance exposure?

A body substance exposure is an exposure to blood or other moist body fluids:

  • with a contaminated sharp that pierces the skin (such as a scalpel or needle)
  • exposure to eyes, mouth or other mucous membranes
  • exposure to non-intact skin.

Exposure to bloodborne pathogens must be referred immediately to U-M Occupational Health Services.

What if I have a body substance exposure?

If you experience a body substance exposure, immediately:

  • Wash the area well with soap and water.
  • For exposures to the eye, rinse with clear water for 10 minutes.

What to do if you have a Body Substance Exposure.

Follow this link for printable instructions to post in your department. 

How do I report a body substance exposure?

Alpha or numeric page U-M Occupational Health Services 24 hours a day at beeper #5356. During U-M OHS hours, the Occupational Health nurse will return your page.

After U-M OHS hours, the pager will be forwarded to the appropriate staff in the Emergency Department.

More information

Follow this link to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information about bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention