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Airborne transmission of an illness occurs when bacteria or viruses travel on dust particles or on small respiratory droplets that may become aerosolized when people sneeze, cough, laugh, or exhale. They can travel on air currents over considerable distances and are loaded with infectious particles.
Foodborne illnesses are caused by a variety of foodborne pathogenic bacteria, viruses, prions, or parasites that contaminate food. Commonly referred to as food poisoning, foodborne illness is any illness resulting from the consumption of food.

If there is a concern toward the possibility of a possible airborne or foodborne illness, notify your building proctor, dean or director of the affected facility. They in turn will notify the Emergency Management Coordinator.

  • The Emergency Management Coordinator will begin an immediate investigation to determine the nature of the illness and simultaneously contact the appropriate medical personnel for assistance. The Emergency Management Coordinator will notify Student Life, medical personnel, and will coordinate actions and activities as necessary. 

  • Medical staff will authorize treatment on-site or transport of affected personnel to available medical facilities for treatment.

Pandemic Threats

In the case of a pandemic threat, such as pandemic influenza, actions will be taken based on the location and level of transmission of a virus. Faculty, students, and staff will be directed to follow actions given by the college based on the level of outbreak.

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Poison is a substance that through its chemical action can kill, injure, or impair an organism. Acute poisoning is exposure to a poison on one occasion or during a short period of time. Symptoms develop as a result of exposure or in close proximity to a substance. Poisonous materials can be found in a variety of household items as well as in laboratory reagents and chemicals.

Many poisons react differently to various treatments, so if you suspect a victim has been poisoned through ingestion, inhalation, or skin exposure:

  • Try to determine what the poisoning agent is
  • Call 911
  • Or call Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222 for specific first aid instructions

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Radiation is energy in the form of waves or moving subatomic particles. It can be classified in two categories: ionizing or non-ionizing. The most common use of the word "radiation" refers to ionizing radiation. Radioactive material is a physical material that emits ionizing radiation.

Ionizing radiation has many practical uses in medicine, research, construction, and other areas. However, it also presents an external and internal health hazard to humans if used improperly.

For personnel injury involving radioactive material contamination

  • Provide first aid immediately for serious injuries
  • Call 911
  • Notify Campus Police (501) 882-8851 and/or Emergency Management (501) 882-4469
  • Monitor the injury. If it is possible to remove the contaminated clothing without harming the victim, do so
For radioactive contamination of personnel
  • Remove and bag all contaminated clothing
  • Call Campus Police (501) 882-8851 and/or Emergency Management (501) 882-4469 to report the incident
  • Skin contamination should be cleaned using mild soap and tepid water. Use portable survey meter to monitor for remaining contamination. If not free of contamination, re-wash and re-survey
  • Survey for contamination elsewhere on the body as well as on clothes, shoes, floor, door handles, telephones, etc.
  • Document the entire incident with either a signed memo/letter or an email from an official college email account to the Emergency Management Coordinator
For radiation spill or release
  • Stop work and confine the spill immediately using an absorbent, enclosure, etc.
  • Call Campus Police (501) 882-8851 and/or Emergency Management (501) 882-4469 to report the incident
  • Warn others of the hazard and isolate the area
  • Monitor personnel during and after cleanup for contamination
  • Collect all used cleanup materials as radioactive waste and bag all contaminated clothing or cleaning items for removal by authorized personnel
  • Commence wipe surveys and decontamination. Perform surveys of surrounding areas to ensure that all contaminated areas are identified
  • Document the entire incident with either a signed memo/letter or an email from an official college email account to the Emergency Management Coordinator

Many ASU Beebe faculty, staff,  and students work directly or indirectly with materials which can be a source of  infection or disease in the event of an injury or other unprotected exposure. In the event of any accident or injury involving  known or potential exposure to BIOHAZARDS,  IMMEDIATELY report the incident to your supervisor and to the Emergency Management Coordinator.

How do I report?

  • During regular college business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM): Call the Emergency Management Coordinator at (501) 882-4469, or Campus Police (501) 882-8851.

  • Outside of regular college business hours (Weekdays after 5 PM, weekends, and holidays): Call ASU Beebe Campus Police at (501) 882-8851.

What do I report?
  • Any skin piercing injury (cut, needle stick, scratch, etc.) by an object contaminated with a BIOHAZARD.
  • Any skin piercing injury (bite, scratch) from an animal with a known or suspected disease infectious to people.
  • Any known or suspected contact with a bat, even if the person has no visible bite or scratch.
  • Any splash or spray of BIOHAZARD material into the eyes, nose, mouth, or onto broken skin.
  • Pathogens that can cause disease in humans: bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins, fungi, and prions
  • Materials (e.g. blood, body fluids, unfixed tissues, or tissue cultures) potentially containing pathogens
  • Recombinant DNA and/or RNA

Give immediate first aid for minor injuries, including washing wounds with soap and water, or rinsing mucous membranes with water for 15 minutes to remove as much contaminated material as possible.

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Important Info

A medical emergency is an injury or illness that is acute and poses an immediate threat to a person's life or long-term health.

Employees who become ill or injured because of an occurrence during the course of their employment are required to notify their direct supervisor. They are to seek medical attention at the designated treatment facility.

9-911 from a campus landline, or 911 from a mobile phone.
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