Environmental Health and Safety

BBP Exposure Reporting Program

Following an exposure incident, EHS will immediately arrange a confidential medical evaluation and follow up. EHS follows all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for follow-up after occupational exposure to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. Post-exposure services include:

  • Documenting the route(s) of exposure, and the circumstances under which the exposure incident occurred;
  • Identifying and documenting the source individual, unless it is infeasible or prohibited by law to do so.
  • Testing the source individual's blood to determine HBV and HIV infectivity, if unknown. Consent of the source individual must be obtained prior to testing.
  • Collecting and testing of the exposed employee's blood to determine serological status for HBV, HCV, and HIV. This collection should be accomplished as soon as possible after exposure.
  • Administering of post-exposure prophylaxis, when medically indicated and as recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service.
  • Counseling
  • Evaluating reported illnesses
  • Conducting follow-up testing of exposed employee's blood.

Steps to take following an exposure incident

    1. Immediately inform your direct supervisor.
    2. Wash the injured area thoroughly
    3. If your are an employee, complete the Employers Accident Report: Employers Accident Report
    4. If you are an employee, Contact Juliet Dadras, the EHS Occupational Health Nurse, at 540-230-3998 or mjdadras@vt.edu. After normal work hours, contact the Virginia Tech Police Department at 231-6411 and request they contact the on-call EHS representative. Students who have a potential exposure should consult with their primary care physician immediately.
    5. Complete the Exposure Incident Report Form and return it to EHS
    6. Employees will be provided instructions by EHS regarding the Occupational Health Physician's recommended testing and treatment.