Blood and Body Fluid Exposure
Some College employees, in the course of their employment with the College, could possibly be exposed to blood or body fluid. Special training for those employees is available through the College's Human Resource Department.
If you have been exposed to blood or body fluids, do the following immediately:
- Wash the affected area with soap and water.
- Dial 911 from any campus telephone, or dial 483-1800 from a non-college phone.
- If you are on Main Campus or West Campus, LCC Police will make arrangements to transport you to a medical facility for treatment.
- If you are off campus, go to the nearest medical facility for treatment.
The College's Safety Officer will conduct an investigation of the incident.
Michigan Right-to-Know laws are designed to provide information to all employees about chemicals used in their workplace. Every College employee is required to complete the College's Right-to-Know on-line training as part of their employment orientation.
Information regarding chemicals at the College is maintained by LCC Police. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) can be obtained from www.hazard.com.
In case of exposure to a chemical substance:
- Remain calm. Get the chemical product flushed off immediately. Unless directed to do otherwise by the label directions, use large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes to flush the affected area.
- Contact LCC Police by dialing 911.
- Inform the dispatcher of your location, the chemical to which you were exposed, and whether you are having any physical reaction, such as burns or difficulty breathing.
Preventing the Spread Of Contagious Diseases
A common sense approach:
Wash your hands often.
Clean surface areas where you and others work frequently.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
Do not share food or beverages.
Used tissues should be immediately placed in the waste basket so that the contents do not come in contact with surface areas.
Avoid close contact with contagious people and stay home if you are sick.
Proper nutrition, adequate exercise and sleep also help protect you from contracting disease.
From time to time, faculty or staff may be asked questions regarding possible exposure to a communicable disease in a classroom or office setting, or may become aware that an individual has or is suspected of having a communicable disease. Should this occur, follow the following guidelines:
- Confidentiality is important. Do not spread rumors or speak out of turn about any individual who may have a communicable disease.
- Contact LCC Police and request to speak with the Safety Officer. If the Safety Officer is not available, request to speak with a Police Officer. Provide as much detail of the situation as you can to the Officer.
- LCC Police will contact the appropriate outside agencies (typically the local county health department) to ensure the proper authorities are aware of the situation.
- If the appropriate outside agency provides any direction as to precautions to be taken by any persons exposed to a person believed to be carrying a communicable disease, LCC Police will coordinate the implementation of those precautions.
When the fire alarms sound, you must leave the building immediately. Persons who do not evacuate during a fire alarm could be prosecuted.
If you discover a fire, locate and activate the nearest fire alarm pull station. Leave the area of the fire immediately. Once you have reached an area of safety, contact LCC Police to report what you observed when you discovered the fire.
Do not use elevators during a fire alarm. Use the nearest stairway to get to ground level and exit the building.
Persons with disabilities - go to stairway landings and wait for emergency rescue personnel. Stairwells are constructed with a higher fire rating than any other areas of a building. Emergency personnel responding to the building will be checking the stairway landings for persons with disabilities upon their arrival.
Stay together as a group. Faculty should be prepared to account for their students. Notify LCC Police (dial 911 from a college phone or 517-483-1800 from a non-college phone) of any persons with disabilities requiring assistance. If possible, have someone stay behind with persons with disabilities until emergency personnel arrive.
When evacuating, remember to turn off the lights and lock your office or classroom behind you.
Remain calm and walk - do not run.
Once outside the building, keep at least 100 feet from the building and any emergency vehicles.
Stay outside the building until police or fire personnel have given an "All Clear" announcement.
In the event of a fire, remember these guidelines:
- Rescue others and remove yourself.
- Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
- Confine the fire by closing doors.
- Extinguish small fires, if you can; otherwise evacuate.
It may be possible to put out a small fire using a portable fire extinguisher. Follow these guidelines when using a fire extinguisher.
- Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
- Do not take unnecessary risks or put yourself in danger.
- Stay 6 to 8 feet away from the fire.
- Use the PASS process to deploy the fire extinguisher:
- Pull the pin.
- Aim at the base of the flame.
- Squeeze the lever.
- Sweep the extinguisher slowly back and forth.