If an injury occurs, (bites, scratches, needle stick or
injuries involving cages or equipment) wash the area thoroughly with soap and
water and notify the PI/Supervisor. Completion
of a worker’s comp claim is encouraged – even if you do not need medical
attention – so that it is documented in the system. You have four working days to complete the
form. For non-urgent situations, a
medical evaluation can be obtained at a University designated medical provider.
Go to http://www.cu.edu/risk/file-claim
to start the process.
In most cases a chemical splash to the skin or eyes should
be flushed with cool water under the Eye Wash station for a minimum of 5-10
minutes. For chemicals exposures, take a copy of the Safety Data Sheet
(SDS) with you for a medical evaluation.
Information for infectious agents will also need to be given to the
healthcare provider in the event of an exposure. First aid information for individual
chemicals and infectious agents will be available in the lab and should be
If there is a possibility of human blood or bodily fluid
exposure or an infectious agent exposure, a medical evaluation should be
obtained at the Infectious
Disease Group Practice (IDGP) during the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday
through Friday (Located in Outpatient Pavilion, 7th Floor-East
side). If possible, call before going over to inform them of your visit – (720) 848-0191. If the exposure occurs
after business hours or during the weekend, the UCH Emergency Department is
available for immediate evaluation and prophylaxis (if necessary), and follow
up with the IDGP should be continued the next available business day.
Any exposure to rDNA or an animal bite or
scratch from an animal where rDNA has been administered MUST be reported as
soon as possible. Wash off the area with soap and water immediately, or as soon
as possible. Notify your supervisor, and
notify Occupational Health (x44663) or the Biosafety Officer at (303) 724-0235. Any exposure or
potential exposure needs to be reported to NIH.
Advice for medical follow up from the IDGP is also recommended in
addition to completing a Worker’s comp form.
See above for online process.