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					                                                                                   No. 414.2


                                                  SECTION:        PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES

                                                  TITLE:          BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS -
JUNIATA COUNTY                                                    EXPOSURE CONTROL
                                                                  PROGRAM
SCHOOL DISTRICT                                   ADOPTED:        August 19, 2004

                                                  REVISED:


                   414.2. BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS – EXPOSURE CONTROL PROGRAM

1. Purpose       It is the policy of the Board to limit or prevent occupational exposure to blood or
                 other potentially infectious materials by adherence to standard precautions and by
                 providing suitable personal protective equipment, training where appropriate, and
                 Hepatitis B immunization. The plan applies to all employees who have actual or
                 potential exposure to blood or other infectious materials.

2. Definitions   Bloodborne Pathogen – A pathogenic microorganism that is present in human
                 blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited
                 to, Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HVC) and human immunodeficiency
                 virus (HIV).

                 Occupational Exposure – Reasonably anticipated eye, mouth, other mucous
                 membrane, non-intact skin, or prenatal contact with blood, bodily fluids or other
                 potentially infectious materials that result from the performance of an employee’s
                 job duties.

                 Standard Precautions – An approach to infection control that treats all human
                 blood, and certain human bodily fluids, as if they are known to be infectious for
                 bloodborne pathogens. Standard precautions refers to the use of barriers or
                 protective measures when dealing with the following: blood (e.g. lacerations, nose
                 bleeds, abrasions, menstrual flow); all body fluids, secretions, and excretions except
                 sweat, regardless of whether they contain visible blood (e.g. urine, emesis, feces);
                 non-intact skin (e.g. cuts, scrapes, dermatitis); and mucous membranes (e.g.
                 oral/nasal secretions).

3. Guidelines    The following is a list of school employees with a potential for exposure to
                 bloodborne pathogens and they should be included in any exposure plan and
                 training:

                 1. Certified school nurses, school health assistants and secretaries who have direct
                    contact with students/employees involving blood, illnesses involving emesis,
                    injections, non-intact skin and infectious injuries.




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           2. Teachers/Instructional assistants who work in emotionally, mentally and
              physically handicapped programs that involve changing menstrual pads, emesis,
              tooth brushing, biting incidents, diapering, toileting, and feeding students.

           3. Speech/Language therapists who are involved in swallowing therapy or biting
              incidents.

           4. Custodians and other cleaning staff who are involved in cleaning body fluid
              spills.

           5. Coaches/Physical education teachers who provide assistance to students with
              bleeding or other potentially infectious injuries.

           6. Principals and other administrative staff who are involved with combative
              behavior, biting incidents or provide assistance to students with bleeding or other
              infectious injuries.

           7. Others who provide assistance to students with bleeding or other potentially
              infectious materials injuries/occurrences.

           All employees who may have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens shall
           attend annually a training program which explains the hazards of working with
           blood and infectious materials and the methods of compliance used by the district to
           minimize this exposure. This program will include training on standard precautions,
           recording of exposures, and the use of personal protective equipment. It will be the
           responsibility of the principal/Athletic Director to ensure that their at-risk employees
           attend the training.

           The exposure plan will include administering the Hepatitis B vaccine to all high risk
           employees at no cost to the employee. An employee may choose to receive the
           vaccine or decline. If the employee declines, a written waiver stating that fact must
           be signed by the employee. If at any time the employee who initially declined to
           receive the vaccine chooses to receive the vaccine, the vaccine will be provided by
           the district at no cost to the employee. All record of immunizations will be recorded
           by the school nurse and submitted to the district to be recorded in employee medical
           records.




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