Per the California Occupational Health & Safety Administration's (Cal/OSHA's) Bloodborne Pathogen Standard [8 CCR 5193c(2)], Stanford University is required to maintain a Sharps Injury Log that records every employee exposure incident involving a sharp. Supervisors are required to ensure that a Sharps Injury Log is completed and returned to EH&S for all "Sharps Injuries."


I. Determine if the injury is considered a "Sharps Injury" per 8 CCR 5193. A "Sharps Injury" exists if:

    (a) an object, such as a needle, scalpel, broken glass, etc., penetrates the skin or mucous membrane of a Stanford employee and
    (b) this object was or is reasonably anticipated to have been contaminated with human blood, body fluids, or any other substance that is known or reasonably likely to contain or be infected with HIV, Hepatitis-B, or Hepatitis-C.

If the injury does not meet both of the conditions above, then the Sharps Injury Log does not need to be completed. Follow standard accident reporting procedures. If you are unsure as to whether the incident meets the above criteria contact the Stanford University Biosafety Officer at 725-1473.

II. Download and print the Sharps Injury Log or call 725-1473.

III. Ensure all sections of the Sharps Injury Log are completed. Some questions will require the injured employee's input.

IV. Have the injured employee sign and date the Sharps Injury Log.

V. Ensure the Sharps Injury Log is received by EH&S within 14 working days of the date the incident is first reported.

    Environmental Health & Safety
    Attn: Biosafety Officer
    ESF, 480 Oak Rd. - MC: 8007

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an "Engineered Sharps Protection"?

"Engineered Sharps Injury Protection" means either:

    (a) A physical attribute built into a needle device used for withdrawing body fluids, accessing a vein or artery, or administering medications or other fluids, which effectively reduces the risk of an exposure incident by a mechanism such as barrier creation, blunting, encapsulation, withdrawal or other effective mechanisms; or
    (b) A physical attribute built into any other type of needle device, or into a non-needle sharp, which effectively reduces the risk of an exposure incident

2. Do I need to see a doctor if I have a "Sharps" injury?

    Yes, it is extremely important that you seek immediate medical attention. Either call or go directly to the Stanford University Occupational Health Center (650) 725-5308. If the incident occurs after hours, all employee's and students should go to Stanford ER (650) 723-5111.