ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
Inoculation injuries can occur from needles, dissecting knives, scalpels or slithers of glass from coverslips or glass slides. The most common and potentially more serious arise from needle stick injuries96 101 or from a failure to cover an open cut when handling hazardous or infectious material. Those who receive an inoculation injury where there is a potential for disease or toxicity should notify their supervisor immediately and report to the nearest medical source for assessment and treatment (which may include hepatitis B prophylaxis).
All details regarding the incident and subsequent action taken should be documented.