Occupational Health Injury, Illness, and Exposures

What to do if you are injured at work or exposed to something potentially infectious

Immediately apply first aid If the incident involves something potentially infectious, such as a splash to the face and/or eyes, cut or puncture with sharp’s, contact with broken skin, or accidental ingestion:

  • Gently wash with soap and water for 15 minutes
  • Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water
  • Flush eyes at the nearest eyewash station with clean water for 15 minutes
  • Call 911 or seek medical attention for all injuries and biological exposures 

Seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Visit the Clinical Services website for further information by location

Reporting Requirements

Worker’s Compensation

Employees are required to report work-related injuries, illnesses, and accidental or potential exposures as soon as possible to their supervisor. Supervisors are required to complete the electronic University of Minnesota First Report of Injury Form (E-FROI) online within 8 business hours upon first knowledge. This is required to ensure appropriate follow-up and eligibility for Workers Compensation coverage.

For additional information on reporting Workers Compensation Related Injuries, see Human Resources' Workers Compensation Policy.

IBC Protocols

If an accidental or potential exposure has occurred during work on an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) protocol, the supervisor must also submit an Incident Report Form to the IBC