(Occupational Safety and Health Act) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires all
laboratory specimens be treated as potentially infectious. The requirements and
the following guidelines improve safety and infection control when collecting,
handling, or processing laboratory specimens.
All specimen containers should
be tightly capped to prevent leakage or spills.
accidental needlestick injuries, needles must not be recapped or cut prior to disposal. Containers for used
needles are available in patient rooms and on the nursing units. Report
needlestick injuries to Employee Health Services immediately.
be worn whenever there is potential for risk of exposure to blood, body fluids,
or tissue specimens. Goggles, gowns, and masks are also indicated in areas
where contact with aerosols or large amounts of body fluids may occur (eg,
specimen processing, emergency surgery, etc).
Frequent handwashing is encouraged.
virus vaccination is recommended for healthcare personnel in contact with
patients and body fluids. Contact
Employee Health Services for further details.
specimens with attached needles pose a high risk of needlestick injury.
Therefore, remove and properly dispose of needles prior to transporting
specimens to the laboratory. Specimens
received in the laboratory with attached needles will be rejected.
containers that show visible signs of breakage or leakage should be transferred
to another container or placed inside a secondary container.
Do not submit contaminated laboratory requisitions. Prepare new