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Chapter VI ~ Personnel (Section 21)
|Personnel Infected with Blood-borne Pathogens|
- Personnel Infected with Bloodborne Pathogens
- Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
- Administrative Regulation for Personnel Infected with Blood-borne Pathogens
Personnel Infected with Blood-borne Pathogens
Laramie County School District Number One, being concerned with the health and safety of all of the District's students and employees, will follow the procedure regarding blood-borne pathogens in accordance with public health guidelines, the Wyoming Education Policies Procedure Manual, and administrative regulations.
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
In accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, Laramie County School District Number One has developed an Emergency Medical Services Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.
The purpose of the exposure control plan is to:
- Eliminate or minimize employee occupational exposure to blood or certain other body fluids.
- Comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030.
The Bloodborne Pathogens Control Committee is responsible for the development and updates of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan and an annual review of this program. This committee is organized and chaired by the head nurse.
Compliance involves the use of Universal Precautions to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. These precautions include engineering and work practice controls, housekeeping and waste disposal procedures, personal protective equipment, and readily accessible hand washing facilities. Nurses and supervisors are responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of the control on an annual basis.
The exposure determination list of employees who may incur occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material is as follows:
- School Nurses
- PALS Teachers and Paraprofessionals
- Essential Skills Program and Therapeutic Learning Center Teachers and Paraprofessionals
- Athletic Trainers
- Elementary Secretaries
- Elementary Paraprofessionals
- Paraprofessionals who provied care/hygiene (e.g. tioleting, diapering) for students
- Bus Drivers and Transportation Assistants on TLC, ESP, PALS, and Multiple Handicap Buses
- Physical Education Teachers
- Industrial Technology Teachers
- Family & Consumer Science Teachers
- Audiologists and Audiology Technicians
- Vocational Agriculture Teachers
- Therapists: Speech Language, Occupational, Physical
- Daycare Workers
- Paraprofessionals who are assigned to the school nurses at the secondary level
Other District employees may be identified by the Bloodborne Pathogens Committee.
Hepatitis B vaccine and vaccination series shall be made available by the school district to employees on the exposure determination list. Medical evaluations and procedures, Hepatitis B vaccination series, and post exposure follow-up records are maintained.
The Risk Management Office shall provide employees the opportunity for training regarding occupation exposure. Additional training shall be provided to employees when there are any changes of tasks or procedures affecting the employee's occupational exposure. Confidential records on exposures will be kept in the Risk Management office. Vaccination records will be kept in the Head Nurse's office. These records must be maintained for at least the duration of employment plus 30 years.
Training records will be maintained in the Risk Management office. All employee records shall be made available to the employee, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, upon request. These records cannot be transferred to another facility.
Adopted 1/9/89, 7/1/94
- Laramie County School District Number One does not discriminate against a qualified individual infected with a bloodborne pathogen with regard to job applications, hiring, advancement, access to special equipment, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
- The contact person for School District Number One will be the Superintendent or designee. A decision will be made on a case-by-case basis of those identified and documented individuals as to whether the condition of a school employee prohibits that individual from participating in regular employment due to a secondary communicable disease or inability to perform their assignment or appropriate alternative assignment.
- This determination will be made by the employee's physician, the school employee, and/or representative, and the Superintendent of Schools.
- Factors for consideration: a) the physical condition of the employee who has the disease; b) the expected type of interaction with others in the school setting; and c) the impact on the employee who has the clinical disease and others in that setting.
- The sexual orientation of the school employee shall not constitute a request for medical evaluation. No school employee shall be required to provide information as to his/her sexual orientation.
- If the employment of a school employee is affected as a result of having blood-borne pathogens, said school employee shall be entitled to benefits under existing policy.
- Having a blood-borne pathogen is the specific concern of the patient and the physician.
- Test results should never be disclosed without written consent of the patient to any third party.
- Records containing this information shall be kept separate from other school records.
- Records containing this information shall be in a secured location.
- The Superintendent or designee must maintain the confidential records.
- The rights of the individual to privacy must be assured at all times.