Occupational Health Service


Inoculation / Sharps Incidents

This information is applicable in all areas of the University where needlestick/sharps injury or contact with human blood/body fluids is likely.

Advice on action to be taken following any incident which may pose a risk to postgraduates through contact with human blood or other body fluids (including needlestick/sharps injury).

Immediate Action

  • Wash the site liberally with soap and water (without scrubbing)
  • Irrigate mucous membranes/conjunctivae with large quantities of water
  • Bleeding must be encouraged for puncture wounds (do not suck the wound)

Students must report the incident to their supervisor (the person in charge of the work area) at the earliest opportunity.

The supervisor should make a risk assessment based on:

  • Circumstances of the exposure
  • Type of body fluid
  • Infectivity of the source

Incidents where the source is unknown should be subject to a risk assessment and reported appropriately.

Reporting Incidents

On weekdays between 9:00am and 4:00pm the supervisor must report all incidents to the Occupational Health Department for appropriate action.

  • Tel: 0161 275 2858

Outside these hours, at weekends or on Bank Holidays contact A&E Department of the nearest hospital if the student is considered to be at high risk of HIV infection.

If the student is considered to be at high risk of Hepatitis B infection contact the duty virologist at the MRI on:

  • Tel:0161 276 1234

Contact the Occupational Health Department on the next working day if the student is considered to be at risk of Hepatitis C infection.

ALL INCIDENTS, WHICH OCCUR OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS, MUST BE REPORTED TO
THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY.

Please ensure that all the relevant details regarding the source and student are collected prior to contacting the relevant department.

Sharps/Needlestick Incidents Documents

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