Bloodborne Pathogens


Employees with the potential for occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) are covered under the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.  Those employees at UO affected by this regulation can be found in the UO Exposure Control Plan. Supervisors and Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that their staff receive both initial and annual refresher Bloodborne Pathogens training on preventing occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens, required by OSHA.

When blood or other potentially infectious materials results from a medical, fire or security emergency, only trained individuals should clean it up.  If trained personnel are not available, either UOPD dispatch, Campus Operations dispatch, or the departmental system should be contacted to arrange for cleanup (designated individuals will be called in if necessary).

When blood cleanup is necessary, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Secure the area to assure that no one is exposed to the blood, while waiting for the designated clean up person and supplies to arrive.
  • Don appropriate personal protective equipment and lay out clean up materials that will be needed (garbage bag, tear off paper towels, set out disinfectant, etc).
  • Spray area with disinfectant and begin wiping up with paper towels, working inward to assure that the area is minimized, not enlarged.
  • Place soiled paper towels in garbage bag.
  • If necessary, repeat, assuring that outside of disinfecting container is not contaminated.
  • Take off gloves in manner that you do not touch the outside of the glove.
  • Place gloves in garbage bag, only handling bag from the outside, then secure with tie.   
  • If the material in the bag is not saturated to the point of drip with blood or other potentially infectious material (not the disinfectant), place bag in regular trash.  If there was dripping material, double bag the material and place in supervisor’s office and call EHS for pickup.

If hypodermic needles are found on campus, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Secure the area to assure that no one can be injured by the needle. 
  • Call appropriate source (UOPD dispatch, Campus Operations Dispatch or department) to arrange for a designated person to bring a sharps container and pick up the needle.  Be sure to advise the source that it is a sharp which needs a container.
  • Designated persons will place the needle in the sharps container and close the container.
  • Sharps container will be returned to central location, e.g. supervisors’ office.
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will be called (6-3192) for a pick up.
  • A replacement sharps container can be obtained through the supervisor.  (Sharps containers can also be purchased through Science Stores.)

Forms and references:

Contact: Hallie Hoskins, Biosafety Officer
541-346-3476 |