Spit Safety

Fun fact: Human salvia is consisted to be a bio-hazard and research that involves the collection of it must follow certain safety procedures. As such, I and my fellow research assistants who will be helping me to collect salvia samples attended a safety briefing put on by a Safety Specialist from Environmental Health and Safety. It is not so much the salvia which is the concern but the potential for the salvia to contain blood and the transmission of blood-borne pathogens. In the briefing, we learned about some these pathogens and the procedures to prevent transmission, including the proper way to take gloves. Remember, “Dirty to dirty, clean to clean.”