Emergency and Security Information

Blood-borne Pathogens (Grand Rapids Campus)

Ferris State University in Grand Rapids follows the blood-borne pathogens policy established by Grand Rapids Community College, which is explained in this section.

An exposure incident occurs when a person becomes exposed to another person's blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) or is injured by something contaminated by another person's blood or OPIM.

If an exposure incident occurs, the following procedure will be used:

  • Employee(s) responding should protect him/herself.
  • Notify GRCC Campus Police, (616) 234-4911 (first responders). If Campus Police is not available, call 911.
  • If appropriate, clean the affected area vigorously with soap and water. If mucous membrane or eye contact is involved, flush generously with water.

Other potentially infectious materials may include:

  • Saliva in dental procedures
  • Semen
  • Vaginal secretions
  • Cerebrospinal fluid – surrounds the brain and spinal cord
  • Synovial fluid – found in joints (knees, elbows, etc.)
  • Pleural fluid – surrounds the lungs
  • Pericardial fluid – surrounds the heart
  • Peritoneal fluid – surrounds the abdominal organs
  • Amniotic fluid – surrounds a fetus
  • Any fluid or solid that is visibly contaminated with blood
  • All body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids
  • Any “unfixed” tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead) – such as an amputated finger or limb
  • HIV- or HBV-containing cells, tissue cultures, or experimental animal used for HIV/HBV testing

Emergency Information (Grand Rapids Campus)

In case of an emergency, please contact Campus Police at ext. 4911 from any GRCC phone, or (616) 234-4911 from any non-GRCC telephone. If assistance in needed with a locked car, dead battery, escort to car, lost and found item, etc., please contact Campus Police at ext. 4010 from any GRCC phone, or (616) 234-4010 from any non-GRCC telephone.

All Other Locations

Contact your Ferris Statewide office for current information for your teaching site.