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It is the policy of Georgia Perimeter College to follow all CDC guidelines, OSHA, and state regulations related to infection control and treatment of biohazardous waste to help insure the health and safety of our employees, faculty, and students.





The procedure for ensuring that adequate infection control measures are taken in Biology Laboratories is as follows:


A.                 Blood and other body fluids testing should be limited to courses where discussion of safe handling techniques are taught as part of the laboratory procedure.


B.        Gloves must be worn when taking blood, touching blood or other body fluids, or mucous membranes.  Gloves must be changed after contact with each subject and discarded into marked waste receptacles.  Hands and other skin surfaces must be washed immediately with germicidal soap after removing gloves or if contaminated with blood or other body fluids.


C.            Disposable lancets, swabs, cotton balls or other items used in sampling body fluids must be placed in marked waste receptacles lined with heavy plastic bags or autoclavable bags convenient to the work area in the lab.  Waste bags must be removed daily and autoclaved or incinerated.


D.            Glassware, slides or other reusable items contaminated with blood or other body fluids must be placed in fresh solutions of Clorox or other appropriate disinfectant. Work areas must be wiped down with Clorox or other appropriate disinfectant.  Contaminated paper waste must be placed in garbage bags which must be sealed and sent to an incinerator or autoclaved.


E.            Mouthpieces for spirometers must be changed for use by each student and used mouthpieces discarded by the student into contaminated waste bags.  The unit must be cleaned at the end of daily lab use with an appropriate disinfectant.  Small spirometers should not be used.


F.            Earpieces on stethoscopes must be cleaned before and after use with appropriate disinfectant.  Stethoscopes should not be used if the user has lesions or open wounds about the face or ears.

G.        Clean eyepieces on microscopes with appropriate germicide before and at the end of student use.  Instructors may wish to use glasses while helping students with microscope work.


H.        In taking samples of body fluids (throat cultures, saliva or urine specimens), the person working with another student's sample must wear gloves.  Where potential for splatter or splash exists, the person sampling must use glasses or shield.  Persons with cuts or lesions should not take samples.  Any contaminated disposable items (swabs, etc.) must be placed by student into appropriate disinfectant or autoclavable disposable bags.  It is recommended that disposable lab aprons or smocks be required for all labs where splash or splatter potential exists and that they be disposed of as contaminated wastes.


I.          Place "cut kits," for cleanup of blood from accidental injury, in all labs or clinics where potential for injury exists.  Cut kits may be assembled from common household items and are in addition to first aid kits already provided.



Revised by Academic Affairs Policy Council  4/11/00

Approved by College Advisory Board  7/27/00