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Bloodborne Pathogen Summary

Bloodborne Policy
Hepatitis B Vaccine Refusal Form


Summary of the BYU-Idaho Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
In Compliance With 29 CFR 1910.1030
October 26, 1999

Departments whose employees are at risk of occupational exposure or work with blood or body fluids whether through professional or academic work are required to follow this institutional policy.

Department Supervisor Responsibilities:

1. Exposure Determination List. Departments with employees who may be at risk of occupational exposure shall prepare an exposure determination, see section 4.0 of the Bloodborne Pathogens Policy. A copy of this list should be submitted to the Campus Safety Office for record maintenance.

2. Exposure Control Plan. Each department shall develop a written Exposure Control Plan, a copy should be submitted to the Campus Safety Office.

3. Engineering and Work Practice Controls. Department supervisors are responsible to ensure that engineering and work practice controls to eliminate or reduce employee exposure are enacted and followed, see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 5.

4. Cleaning and Decontamination. Develop and follow a written cleaning and decontamination schedule that reduces the chance of accidental exposure to blood,
see Bloodborn Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 7.

5. Employee Training. Departments whose work or academic endeavors may present occupational exposure risks to employees must provide employee training on bloodborne pathogens see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 12, and the Training Regulations. Employee training should also include the following:

(A) Make employees aware of risks involved and precautions necessary to protect themselves

(B) Inform employees that the college is required to provide them with personal protective clothing and equipment to help them work safely, see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 6.

(C) Proper fitting, care, removal, and destruction of personal protective equipment.

(D) Inform employees that employees at risk of occupational exposure can be vaccinated for HBV, at no charge to them, see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 11.

(E) Proper handling of contaminated laundry.

(F) The college, through department supervisors, must maintain medical and training records on all at-risk employees.

(G) Training is to be done an annual basis or more often as nature of work indicates.

6. Use of Universal Precautions. Department supervisors shall see instruct employees at risk of occupational exposure to observe Auniversal precautions@ to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infections materials. Universal precautions means that employees should treat all human blood and certain body fluids as if they were known to contain HIV (AIDS) or HBV (Hepatitis B), or other bloodborne pathogens, see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 5.

7. Regulated Waste. Department supervisors are responsible ensuring that proper disposal containers and methods of disposing of contaminated waste are followed within their areas, see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 8. The BYU-Idaho Health Center serves as the clearinghouse for all contaminated and regulated waste. Departments should contact the Health center and establish a protocol for their disposal of waste.

8. Laundry. Contaminated laundry shall not be washed with other normal laundry. Departments which routinely have contaminated laundry must ensure compliance with Section 9 of the Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy. Departments which require the laundering of contaminated laundry shall work with the Campus Health Center to ensure compliance.

9. Labeling. Warning labels shall be affixed to containers of regulated waste, refrigerators and freezers containing blood or other potentially infectious material; and other containers used to store, transport or ship blood or other potentially infectious materials, see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 12.

10. Hepatitis B Vaccination. BYU-Idaho provides the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccination series to all employees who have occupational exposure, and post-exposure evaluation and follow-up to all employees who have had an exposure incident. Department supervisors should familiarize themselves with the protocol and record keeping required with providing vaccinations. Employees who reject the option of being vaccinated are required to fill out a vaccination rejection form.

11. Recordkeeping. Departments shall establish and maintain an accurate record for each employee with occupational exposure, records should be in accordance with Section 13 of the Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy.

12. Training Records. Departments are responsible for keeping and maintaining training records which should include (see Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Policy, Section 13.2) the following:

(A) The dates of the training sessions;

(B) Contents or a summary of the training sessions;

(C) The names and qualifications of persons conducting the training; and

(D) The names and job titles of all persons attending the training sessions.