The primary event is a potential exposure to a substance by injection due to an injury with a contaminated object that penetrates the skin, mucous membrane, or eyes. Includes cuts, punctures, and lacerations from a contaminated object.

Contaminated needle or sharp — For this context, it refers to occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).

Occupational exposure — Reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties.

Blood — Human blood, human blood components, and products made from human blood.

Other potentially infectious materials — defined as any of the following: saliva in dental procedures; semen; vaginal secretions; cerebrospinal, synovial, pleural, pericardial, peritoneal, and amniotic fluids; body fluids visibly contaminated with blood; along with all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids; unfixed human tissues or organs (other than intact skin); HIV-containing cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and HIV- or HBV-containing culture media or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV.


Use code… …if this is the cause Examples include these… …but not these
0710 Needle stick All syringe needles
0720 Glassware Pipette, capillary tube, vial
0730 Blade Lance, scalpel, surgical scissors Knives (utility or food prep), box cutters, carpet cutters. See 1700 Tool related; or if attacked and injured by knife, see 0520 Struck with object or weapon.
0740 Human Bite Bite from other human
0750 Other Sharp