Incident Response Plan: Exposure to Human Blood or Body Fluid

What To Do

For any serious injuries, call 9-1-1 for immediate first aid.

  1. Cleanse:
    • Skin (poke, cut, etc.): Wash well with soap and water for 10 minutes.
    • Eye(s) or mucous membrane (nose, mouth): Rinse with water and/or normal saline for 10 minutes
  1. Report the following:
    • Tell your supervisor
    • If a source person is involved, get their name and date of birth from your supervisor. Your supervisor should discuss consent with the source person and provide you with this identifying info if the source person consents to lab testing.
    • If no source person is involved or if they don’t consent to be tested, go to Step 3.
  1. Go to the nearest urgent care/emergency facility:
  1. Inform the attending physician:
    • That you’re a UBC faculty, staff, paid student or practicum student (include your job position and location)
    • If you work in a laboratory setting (list the species and/or pathogens you work with)
    • If a source person was involved (include their name and date of birth if available)
    • How the incident occurred (include details)
  1. Begin the blood tests and treatment ordered by your attending physician.
  1. Ask for a copy of your blood test to be forwarded to:

Occupational & Preventive Health (OPH)
Dr. Michael Yamanaka
310 – 5950 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Fax: 604-827-4588
Phone: 604-827-4713

  1. File a WorkSafeBC (WSBC) Teleclaim at 1-888-WORKERS (967-5377).
  1. Complete an online form through the UBC Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System (CAIRS).
  1. Contact OPH at to schedule a follow-up appointment. OPH will review your lab results and order follow-up blood tests at appropriate intervals.

About the Blood & Body Fluid Exposure Control Plan

UBC’s Blood & Body Fluid Exposure Control Plan outlines the key responsibilities of staff and faculty to effectively reduce the frequency and severity of occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

Access the Exposure Control Plan for the following information:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk assessments
  • Prevention
  • Occupational & Preventive Health
  • Worksheets, flow charts and checklists

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