Avery County Schools Policy
Policy Code: 7260


The Avery County Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and healthy work
environment for all employees; however, it is the responsibility of each employee to
follow proper policies and procedures to ensure that these goals are achieved. The
purpose of this policy is to limit occupational exposure of employees to blood and other
potentially infectious body fluids that may transmit bloodborne pathogens.

I. Employees Affected

All employees who, as a result of performing required job duties, could be "reasonably
anticipated" to face contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials are
covered by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and this policy. "Occupational
exposure" includes any reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parental
(brought in the body through some way other than the digestive tract) contact with blood
or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an
employee's duties. According to the North Carolina Department of Labor's Occupational
Safety and Health Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (printed 5/92), "Good Samaritan" acts
such as assisting a co-worker or student with a nose bleed would not be considered
"reasonably anticipated occupational exposure". Universal precautions shall be in force
at all times as follows: in dealing with the cleaning or decontamination of any blood or
body fluid. All blood, body fluid, and potentially infectious material shall be handled as
if infected. The Board of Education shall adhere to the program standards for the control
of potential exposure to HIV and HBV as outlined in the proposed OSHA Rule
"Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens" standard 1910.1030 (or most current
standards available) as well as relevant sections of the North Carolina General Statutes
and North Carolina Administrative Code.

II. Responsibilities
The Board shall ensure that:

1. All elements of the Exposure Control Plan, as defined by state and federal
   law and OSHA guidelines, are met. This plan should include: methods of compliance
   (Universal Precautions, engineering and work practice controls, personal protective
   equipment, cleaning and disposal); HBV vaccinations; hazard communication; record
   keeping; training; an identification of all job classifications and tasks that involve
   occupational exposure; and a schedule to meet the activities outlines in the exposure
   control plan.

2. The Plan is reviewed and updated annually.3. All employees have access to a copy
   of this "Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure" policy and plan, one being placed at the
   central office and one in each school.

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III. Testing and Examination

An employee who suspects that he/she has a blood or body fluid exposure may request to
be tested at the employer's expense, provided that the suspected exposure poses a
significant risk of transmission as defined in the rules of the Health Service Commission.
The source individual's tests results will be made available to the exposed employee with
or without the source individual's permission, as long as significant risk exposure has
occurred (Communicable Disease Control Measure, 15A NCAC 19A.0202(4) and NCAC
19A.0203(b) (3) adopted by the North Carolina Health Services Commission.) The
Board shall strictly adhere to existing confidentiality rules and laws regarding employees
with communicable diseases, including HIV or HIV-associated conditions.

IV. Anti-Discrimination

The agency shall not discriminate against any applicant or employee who has or is
suspected of having HIV infection, AIDS, or other communicable diseases. An
employee with HIV infection, AIDS, or other communicable diseases may continue to
work as long as the employee is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job and
there is no medical evidence indicating that the employee's condition is a "health threat"
to co-workers, students, or the public.

Legal Reference:
Federal Register-Sub-part Z of 29CFR 1910.1030, N.C. General Statute 130A-144 and
N.C. Administrative Code Section .0200, "Control Measures for HIV"; and Section .
0203, "Control Measures for Hepatitis B".

ADOPTED: 9-7-93

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