Injuries and Bites
Animal bites that need follow-up medical care.
If you are injured while handling an animal:
Clean the wound, wash or flush the contaminated area thoroughly.
- Notify your faculty supervisor, Department Safety Coordinator, College Safety Coordinator (801-422-6875, 5008 LSB) and/or RM&S (801-422-4468) immediately.
- Proceed to Urgent Care at the Student Health Center from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday–Friday for evaluation and post exposure follow-up. During night or weekends, go directly to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for evaluation and post exposure follow-up.
For lacerations and puncture wounds where no potential biological hazard is present:
- Wash the affected area with mild soap and water for at least 5 minutes.
- Use direct pressure to stop bleeding if needed.
- Apply antibacterial ointment and a clean bandage that will not stick to the wound.
- Inform your faculty supervisor, Department Safety Coordinator, College Safety Coordinator (801-422-6875) of the incident.
- If stitches or further medical treatment is needed proceed directly to the BYU Student Health Center during work hours, or if after hours go to UVRMC ER.
Reporting a Bite
- See LARC Animal Bite SOP
- If the bite causes a serious injury requiring medical attention, the supervisors will complete a Workers Compensation Injury Report. Find form on the Risk Management and Safety Website: https://risk.byu.edu/.