Infection prevention and control guidelines

8. Exposure to blood and other body substances

Resources and references

      1. Resources and references

Last revised: 17 Jun 2024

Resources and references


Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM). Post-exposure prophylaxis after non-occupational and occupational exposure to HIV. Australian National Guidelines (2nd edition). 2016

The Australian immunisation handbook

See Links for a list of state and territory communicable diseases/infectious disease units.

Victorian Department of Health: Managing exposures to blood and body fluids or substances

NSW Health: Work Health and Safety - Blood and Body Substances Occupational Exposure Prevention

SA Health: Handling blood and other body substances

Western Australia Department of Health: Communicable Disease Control Directorate Guideline: Management of Occupational Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids in Healthcare Settings

Queensland Health: Management of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids

ACT Health: Occupational Risk Exposure (ORE) Pack

Relevant Australian standards

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. GP Standard 4. Criterion GP4.1 – Infection prevention and control, including sterilisation. In: Standards for general practices. 5th Edition. East Melbourne, Vic: RACGP, 2020.


  1. Communicable Diseases Network Australia. Australian national guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses and healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses (revised 2019): Australian Government Department of Health; 2018 [Accessed 31 March 2022]. 
  2. Pierce A. Exposure to blood-borne viruses. In: Symons J, Myles P, Mehra R, Ball C, editors. Perioperative medicine for the junior clinician. Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell; 2015. p. 370-373.