If you encounter any suspicious mail or package (one with handwritten or poorly typed address; oily stains, discoloration or odor; excessive tape or string; protruding wires or aluminum foil) or you encounter a substance you think may be biological in nature:
- Do not touch, shake, open, move around or allow other staff or individuals to handle the item.
- Evacuate and isolate the area or room that contains the suspected substance.
- Immediately notify a supervisor , who will evaluate the situation and call 911 and/or notify the FBI and/or County Health Department. If neither the supervisor nor is present, dial 911 to report the incident.
- Mark the room or area “DO NOT ENTER.”
- Contain and isolate any individuals that may have been contaminated.
- Wear protective gloves, if available; then wet lightly any potentially contaminated area or person. Remove and triple bag any potentially contaminated clothing.
- Do not eat or drink while handling suspicious mail, package or substance.
- Wash hands with soap and warm water.
It is safest to assume that all blood and bodily fluids contain blood borne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis. Avoid contact with bodily fluids, if possible. If contact is unavoidable:
- Wear protective gloves if available.
- Wash all exposed skin with soap and water.
- Flush eyes with water.
- Do not eat, drink smoke, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in the area in which the exposure occurred.
- Arrange to inspect and decontaminate any equipment or furnishings in the area, before it is reused.