Report an exposure concern

Call for help...

Call for help from emergency medical services (EMS) for serious injuries, multiple injuries or other medical emergencies.

  • For the great majority of TAMU campus phones, dial 9-9-1-1.
  • In rare cases, some TAMHSC buildings may need to dial 8-9-1-1.
  • If calling from a cell phone, dial 9-1-1.

 

Relay as many details as possible about the situation... names of persons, names of pathogens or chemicals involved, types of injuries. Stay on the line with the 911 operator until you are instructed to hang up.

Call for help from the TAMU EHS Spill team or the Biosafety staff for large spills of biohazardous materials:

  • During normal work hours: EHS @ 979-845-2132 or Biosafety @ 979-862-4549
  • After work hours/nights/weekends/holidays: Radio Room @ 979-845-4311

 Depending on the nature of the emergency (spills, etc.) you may need to notify first responders (colleagues, EMS, UPD) that it could be necessary to control or contain infectious materials in the area or on the individual before emergency medical care can be given. Direct any first responders to contact the Office of Biosafety at 979-862-4549 for assistance.

Report all accidents and injuries, including emergency situations involving serious injury, exposure, or after-hours incidents, to your supervisor IMMEDIATELY.

As soon as possible after the incident is under control, contact the Office of Biosafety at 979-862-4549 for further instructions and follow-up.

It's just a little cut... or a small splash.

Immediately contact the Biosafety Occupational Health Program staff to report the injury or exposure:

Sherri Koepnick Evans - skoepnick@tamu.edu
979.845.6649 (Office)
979.421.3472 (After hours voice/text)

Lauren Horton - lhorton@tamu.edu
979.862.6455 (Office)
409.789.5391 (After hours voice/text)

Christine McFarland - ctmcfarland@tamu.edu
979.845.6475 (Office)
979.571.6072 (After hours voice/text)

What do I have to report?

  1. Any skin piercing injury with an unclean object
  2. Any skin piercing injury from an animal with a known or suspected zoonotic disease
  3. Any known or suspected contact with a bat, with, or without visible injury
  4. Any splash or spray into eyes, nose, mouth, or onto non-intact skin by blood, body fluid, cell culture, or microbiological isolate, regardless of animal or human origin.
  5. Any failure to wear a correctly fitted respirator where one is required.

 

For small injuries (e.g. needle sticks, nicks, small cuts or punctures to hands or forearms).
Wash the injured area immediately with soap and water for at least 15 minutes. This can reduce the number of infectious pathogens that remain in the wound to below the infection threshold.
Where bleeding is minimal, encourage the injury to bleed with mild pressure while washing.
For mucous membrane or open wound exposure (e.g. splash or spill into eyes, nose or mouth, or onto broken skin), wash any broken skin area immediately with soap and water for at least 15 minutes

 Report all accidents and injuries, including emergency situations involving serious injury, exposure, or after-hours incidents, to your supervisor IMMEDIATELY.