Blood-borne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms such as the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and the Human Immunodeficiency
Virus (HIV) that are present in human blood and may cause disease in humans. Exposure
to blood-borne pathogens may occur by skin, eyes, mucous membrane, or potential contact
(direct or indirect) with blood or body fluids.
First aid/spill clean-up procedures involving blood/body fluids can potentially put
responders at risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Campus Services should be contacted for spill clean-up by calling 2260 from a campus phone or (360) 442-2260 from any other phone. The following precautions will greatly reduce the risk of exposure during first aid
or spill clean-up procedures:
See also: Lower Columbia College's Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan.