Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.