Laboratory Workers

First aid for post exposure the following actions should be taken:

Skin Exposure (Needlestick or scratch): Immediately go to the sink and thoroughly wash the wound with soap and water for 15 minutes. Decontaminate any exposed skin surfaces with an antiseptic scrub solution.
Mucous membrane Splash to Eye(s), Nose or Mouth: Exposure should be irrigated vigorously for 15 minutes.
Splash Affecting Garments: Remove garments that may have become soiled or contaminated and place them in a double red plastic bag.

Treatment and Reporting

Medical Contact Information

1.  For injuries in the lab which are major medical emergencies (heart attacks, seizures, etc…):

a.  Medical Campus:  call or have a co-worker call the Control Center at 4–4444.

b.  Charles River Campus:  call or have a co-worker call BU Police at 617-353-2121.

You will be referred to or transported to the appropriate health care location by the emergency response team.

2.  For lab exposures (needle sticks, cuts, scratches, splashes, etc…) involving infectious agents call the ROHP 24/7 hour number (617-414-ROHP (7647); or, 4-ROHP (7647) if calling from the Medical Campus) to be connected with the BU Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) medical officer.  ROHP will refer you to the appropriate health care location (see below)

3.  For all animal bites including those involving animals infected with any hazardous agents, call the ROHP 24/7 hour number (617-414-ROHP (7647); or, 4-ROHP (7647) if calling  from the Medical Campus) to be connected with the BU Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) medical officer.  ROHP will refer you to the appropriate health care location (see below).

4.  For unexplained symptoms or illness call the ROHP 24/7 hour number (617-414-ROHP  (7647); or, 4 ROHP (7647) if calling from the Medical Campus) to be connected with the BU Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) medical officer.  ROHP will refer you to the appropriate health care location (see below).

ROHP HEALTHCARE REFERRAL LOCATIONS AND TIMES
LOCATION REGULAR WORKDAY HOURS AFTER HOURS AND WEEKENDS
Medical  Campus BU ROHP
72 E. Concord  St.
Evans Bldg. 8th, Floor,                  Room 825
617-414-7647

(Mon-Fri  8:00 am to 4:30 pm)

BMC OEM
850 Harrison Avenue                    
Yawkey, ACC 1
617-638-8400

(Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 4:00 pm)

BMC Emergency Dept.
751 Albany Street
617-414-4075

(Reminder: Present Agent ID Card)

Charles River Campus BU Occupational Health Center (OHC)
930 Comm. Ave., West
(Pleasant Street entrance)
617-353-6630

(Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)

BMC Emergency Dept.
751 Albany Street
617-414-4075

(Reminder: Present  Agent ID Card)

Home or  Away  From  Work Not Applicable Primary Care Physician or Local  Hospital

(Reminder: Present  Agent ID Card)

4.  Under any of these scenarios, always inform the physician of your work in the laboratory and the agent(s) that you work with.

5.  Provide the wallet-size agent ID card to the physician.