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If an individual incurs a minor injury, first aid kits are available for self-treatment in various locations throughout the campus including all science technology labs, welcome centers, security office, theatre, children’s learning center, and the physical education facility.  A log is kept in each area to record minor injuries.  Individual divisions are responsible for keeping these first aid kits stocked with necessary items.

In the case of a serious illness or accident on campus, employees will immediately call the county emergency service at 911 and then notify security at extension 5555.

Release of any information to the press will be handled by the director of public relations and marketing and/or designee.

Except for very minor injuries, all work related injuries/illnesses should be recorded on a Howard County Employee Incident/Injury Report form.  The form is available from the office of human resources.  The employee or supervisor will go to the office of human resources or a human resources officer can come to them if necessary to have this form completed as soon as possible after the time of the incident (within 24 hours).  For more information on workers compensation, see the "Workers Compensation" procedure 63.07.24.  Incidents involving students are reported by security, which completes an incident report.

Universal Precautions at Howard Community College  

Universal precautions are intended to prevent exposure to human blood or other body fluids. The routes of transmission for occupational exposure are:

  1. puncture of the skin with a contaminated sharp object,
  2. contact with broken skin, and
  3. splash to mucous membranes of the eye, nose, or mouth.

At HCC the security guards, lifeguards, and several individuals in the children's learning center are trained to provide first aid and the housekeeping staff is trained to clean spills of bodily fluids.

Universal precautions may include the following practices:

  • Wear gloves, masks and protective eyewear
  • Wear protective suits, gowns or aprons
  • Wash hands and other skin surfaces
  • Use care with sharp objects
  • Disinfect all contaminated surfaces
  • Use proper disposal containers
       - (red bags or labeled BIO HAZARD)
  • Use proper disposal containers
  • Use protective resuscitation masks for CPR
  • Do not eat, drink, apply cosmetics or lip balm, smoke, or handle contact lenses where exposure may occur
Effective Date:  10/13/2003