Bloodborne Pathogen Program

The City of Portland is committed to promoting safe work practices to minimize exposure and the incidence of disease caused by these pathogens.
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What Exposures need to be reported to the Exposure Control Line?

  • Contaminated needle sticks
  • Contact with blood or body fluids with blood in them to your non-intact skin
  • Contact with blood or body fluids with blood in them to mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Exposure to confirmed cases of bacterial meningitis, active tuberculosis, or other infectious airborne diseases

What to Do in the Event of a Bloodborne Exposure

  • Wash wounds and skin with soap and water if available, or appropriate disinfectant
  • Flush mucous membranes with water
  • If blood is in mouth, rinse and spit several times
  • Collect contact information about the "source" if known
  • Call the exposure hotline:  503-823-1440*. Non urgent email communication may be sent to

NOTE:  Other health issues and concerns such as: request for vaccine records, vaccines, or flu shots; animal bites, shingles, MRSA, inhalation of chemicals, rash, fever, scabies, lice, bedbugs, spider bites, food poisoning, diarrhea and health information in general should be directed to the Occupational Health and Well-being Program Manager at 503-823-5238 or .

For more information about other employee health services and bloodborne pathogen training employees may visit: Occupational Health & Well-being-Portland EmployeesImage removed.

*Fire Bureau Staff should follow their EMS memo