Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Guidelines

Published: November 1st, 2001

Category: Memos

Larry T. Ellis, Director

UF employees and students who may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens while at the university should familiarize themselves with the new “UF Guidelines for Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure,” effective November 1. In particular, residents, graduate assistants, teaching assistants and student assistants should be aware of updates to policy regarding such exposure.

Because some treatment regimens for bloodborne pathogen exposures must be started within one to two hours of exposure, these guidelines have been established to ensure prompt and appropriate care for those who have sustained a potential exposure through contact with a needlestick, a “sharps” injury, or a mucous membrane splash.

Under no circumstances should employees or students delay seeking medical evaluation and/or treatment.

To view a printable version of the UF Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Guidelines, visit Questions may be directed to the UF Workers’ Compensation office at 392-4940,

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