Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

What your school must do

1. Appoint the site employee safety administrator
The principal is responsible for the implementation of a bloodborne pathogens program that includes a site-specific Exposure Control Plan. The principal should appoint an administrative-level person, called the site employee safety administrator, to coordinate the school’s program.

2. Determine at-risk (covered) employees
The site employee safety administrator must identify all employees whose work is likely to involve routine contact with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids.

3. Complete the DOE’s Exposure Control Plan
The site administrator must adapt the generic DOE Exposure Control Plan to meet the specific needs of the site or school. The site administrator’s name and location must be posted on the Health and Safety bulletin board. The UFT recommends that the School Safety Plan refer to this information as well.

4. Train at-risk employees
All at-risk employees must receive annual training either by Web seminars or in live sessions. New employees must also receive training upon being given an assignment that puts them at risk.
Offer Hepatitis B vaccination
At-risk employees must be offered the Hepatitis B vaccine after completing training and within 10 days of assignment. The vaccine should be administered during work hours at no charge. Even if at-risk employees at first decline the Hepatitis B vaccine, they can ask for it again at any time if they change their mind. New at-risk employees must be offered the vaccine within 10 days of their assignment.

5. Provide personal protective equipment
Appropriate personal protective equipment for the task must be provided to at-risk employees at no cost. For example, if there is the potential for blood/body fluids to contact one’s body or clothing during diapering or toileting activities, the employee should wear disposable aprons, sleeves and gloves.

6. Have a Housekeeping, Cleaning and Disinfection Program
The site administrator for your school must develop a cleaning schedule, which must be posted in the medical office and changing rooms. All surfaces contaminated with blood and body fluids must be decontaminated with a bleach solution or a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved disinfectant.

7. Offer post-exposure confidential medical evaluation and counseling
The DOE must provide confidential medical evaluation and counseling to any employee who has been exposed to blood, other infectious body fluids or needlesticks. The site administrator is responsible for providing car service with a procurement card (P-card) to and from a Health and Hospitals Corporation site at no cost if an employee has been put at risk. All diagnoses must remain confidential.

If you believe your school is not providing employees with the protection required or there are problems with implementation of the bloodborne pathogens program at your school, please contact the UFT Safety and Health Department at 1-212-701-9407.