Section 14 – Procedure for Occupational Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids

The Student Health Center (SHC) offers occupational post-exposure care to Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology students, faculty and staff during normal office hours (Monday thru Friday; 8am-5pm).  Any exposures occurring after hours or on the weekends should be referred to the nearest medical facility for evaluation and treatment.

  1. Immediately following the exposure:
  • Wash exposed area thoroughly with water for a minimum of 10-15 minutes.
  • Report exposure immediately to supervisor.
  • If exposure occurs during office hours, escort the person to the Student Health Center for evaluation and treatment. If exposure occurs after hours or on the weekend, escort the person to the nearest medical facility for evaluation and treatment.
  • Notify the Workers’ Compensation Claims Coordinator in Human Resources 409-880-7373 of the exposure immediately for approval.
  • Complete the “Supervisor’s Investigation of Employee’s Accident/Incident Form” (TWCC-121) and forward it to Workers’ Compensation Claims Coordinator in Human Resources as soon as possible, by the end of the shift, for submission to SORM.

https://www.lamar.edu/_files/documents/faculty_staff/human-resources/forms/workers-compensation/supinv.pdf

  • After evaluation and treatment, the injured employee will report to the Workers’ Compensation Claims Coordinator in Human Resources for further instructions.

 

  1. Charges and referrals:
  • If a student is exposed while performing clinical duties required for program completion and presents to the Student Health Center for evaluation and treatment, charges will be billed to the students account.
  • If an employee is exposed and seen at the Student Health Center, then all charges will be sent to the department in which the employee works.
  • The source of the exposure will be referred to a medical facility or to their private physician for lab work.
  • All exposed persons will be given Post-Exposure Prophylaxis instructions and recommendations for treatment based on the severity of the exposure.
  • It is the responsibility of the student or employee to continue with all follow up recommendations and appointments.

Further resource information may be found on the CDC website for Occupational Exposure.

 

Revised: 05/23/18