1 Exposure Control Plan Glacier County Department of Emergency Medical Services December 2007 All Previous Versions Obsolete
2 PART 1: Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Glacier County EMS Exposure Control Plan PART 2: Hazard Communications Standard Model Hazard Communications Program OSHA Assistance Safety and health management system guidelines State Programs OSHA Consultation Services The OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Strategic Partnership Programs The OSHA Alliance Program OSHA training and education Information available electronically OSHA Publications Contacting OSHA OSHA Regional Offices Part 1 Bloodborne Pathogens Standard This Exposure Control Plan includes all elements required by the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard (29 CFR ). Exposure Control Plan POLICY Glacier County Emergency Medical Services is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for our entire staff. In pursuit of this goal, the following exposure control plan (ECP) is provided to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR , "Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens." The ECP is a key document to assist our organization in implementing and ensuring compliance with the standard, thereby protecting our employees. This ECP includes: Determination of employee exposure Implementation of various methods of exposure control, including: Universal precautions Engineering and work practice controls Personal protective equipment Housekeeping
3 Hepatitis B vaccination Post-exposure evaluation and follow-up Communication of hazards to employees and training Recordkeeping Procedures for evaluating circumstances surrounding exposure incidents Implementation methods for these elements of the standard are discussed in the subsequent pages of this ECP. PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION Kyle Starr, CCEMT/P is the department s infection control officer and is responsible for implementation of the ECP. The infection control officer will maintain, review, and update the ECP at least annually, and whenever necessary to include new or modified tasks and procedures. Contact location/phone number: Work: Home: Alternate: or EMS1 (EMS Chief James Laidlaw) Those employees who are determined to have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) must comply with the procedures and work practices outlined in this ECP. Glacier County EMS will provide and maintain all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering controls (e.g., sharps containers), labels, and red bags as required by the standard. Glacier County EMS will ensure that adequate supplies of the aforementioned equipment are available in the appropriate size. The infection control officer will be responsible for ensuring that all medical actions required by the standard are performed and that appropriate employee health and OSHA records are maintained. Contact location/phone number: or Training Officer Brian Williams and Infection Control Officer Kyle Starr will be responsible for training, documentation of training, and making the written ECP available to employees, OSHA, and NIOSH representatives. Contact location/phone number: or EMPLOYEE EXPOSURE DETERMINATION The following is a list of all job classifications at our establishment in which all employees have occupational exposure:
4 Job Title Department / Division First Responder EMT/Basic EMT/Intermediate Paramedic (including part-time) Captain Chief First Responder/EMT/Medic Student EMS Field Provider EMS Field Provider EMS Field Provider EMS Field Provider EMS Field Provider / Supervisor EMS Field Provider / Supervisor Training Division The following is a list of job classifications in which some employees at our establishment may have occupational exposure. Included is a list of tasks and procedures, or groups of closely related tasks and procedures, in which occupational exposure may occur for these individuals: Job Title Administrative Assistant (if applicable) Department / Division Administration NOTE: Part-time, temporary, contract and per diem employees are covered by the bloodborne pathogens standard and this ECP. METHODS OF IMPLEMENTATION AND CONTROL Universal Precautions: All employees will utilize universal precautions. Exposure Control Plan Employees covered by the bloodborne pathogens standard receive an explanation of this ECP during their initial training session. It will also be reviewed in their annual refresher training. All employees can review this plan at any time during their work shifts. This ECP is available for viewing by our employees 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will be kept at the report desk at station 1 and in the office at station 2. If requested, we will provide an employee with their own copy of the ECP free of charge and within 15 days of the request. This ECP is also available for viewing online on our department website at Kyle Starr (or current infection control officer) is responsible for reviewing and updating the ECP annually or more frequently if necessary to reflect any new or modified tasks and procedures that affect occupational exposure and to reflect new or revised employee positions with occupational exposure. Engineering Controls and Work Practices Engineering controls and work practice controls will be used to prevent or minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The specific engineering controls and work practice controls used are listed below:
5 Needless access IV drip sets, sharps containers, ProtectIVPlus IV catheters, Safety IV catheters, pre-filled saline flushes (to avoid having to draw up saline with a needle in a moving ambulance), waterless hand sanitizer. Sharps disposal containers are inspected and maintained or replaced by all field paramedics during their weekly inspection/inventory (at minimum) or whenever necessary to prevent overfilling. The key to unlock the sharps container cabinet is located on each ambulance s ignition key ring. This facility identifies the need for changes in engineering controls and work practices through: OSHA recommendations Employee safety concerns and recommendations Local, state and federal guidelines Suggestions from our department medical director Review of published reports and studies We review new products and procedures regularly by: Putting together written proposals or recommendations and directing them to the EMS chief Bringing up suggestions at our monthly department meetings for discussion Sampling or performing trials with proposed equipment Reviewing product reviews and literature Discussing proposed equipment or procedures with other healthcare professions Both front-line workers and management officials are involved in this process by: Putting together proposals and directing them to the EMS chief Bringing up ideas at department meetings Bringing up ideas to department officers All levels of employees are encouraged to voice ideas, comments or concerns The EMS chief has the authority to implement recommendations. The infection control officer is responsible for ensuring that approved recommendations are implemented. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) PPE is provided to our employees at no cost to them. Training in the use of the appropriate PPE for specific tasks or procedures is provided by the infection control officer, training officer or EMS chief. The types of PPE available to employees are as follows: Examination gloves (latex-free), N95 masks, surgical masks w/face shields, safety goggles, safety glasses, gowns, rescue gloves, rescue helmets w/goggles. PPE is located on every emergency response vehicle (limited equipment is kept on the bicycle) and may be obtained by any employee as needed. All employees will be shown where PPE is
6 located on our vehicles and in the station as part of their orientation process. It is the responsibility of training officer, infection control officer and EMS chief to ensure that all employees are shown this during their orientation. It is the duty of all department paramedics and EMT s to ensure that PPE is stocked on each ambulance as required. All employees using PPE must observe the following precautions: Wash hands immediately or as soon as feasible after removing gloves or other PPE. Remove PPE after it becomes contaminated and before leaving the work area. Used PPE may be disposed of in the trash receptacle in each ambulance. If soaked with blood to the point where it can be wrung out, place the contaminated item in a red bag and take it to Northern Rockies Medical Center as soon as possible for disposal. Wear medical gloves when it is reasonably anticipated that there may be hand contact with blood or OPIM, and when handling or touching contaminated items or surfaces; replace gloves if torn, punctured or contaminated, or if their ability to function as a barrier is compromised. Utility gloves may be decontaminated for reuse if their integrity is not compromised; discard utility gloves if they show signs of cracking, peeling, tearing, puncturing, or deterioration. Never wash or decontaminate disposable gloves for reuse! Wear appropriate face and eye protection when splashes, sprays, spatters, or droplets of blood or OPIM pose a hazard to the eye, nose, or mouth. Remove immediately or as soon as feasible any garment contaminated by blood or OPIM, in such a way as to avoid contact with the outer surface. The procedure for handling used PPE is as follows: Discard PPE not soaked in blood in the trash receptacle in each ambulance. If soaked with blood, place the contaminated item in a red biohazard bag (kept in the cabinet to the right of the narcotics cabinet) and take to Northern Rockies Medical Center as soon as possible for disposal. Reusable PPE items can be decontaminated at the station at the sink in the vehicle bay. Proper disinfectant, plastic wash bins, and other decontamination equipment will be kept at the sink or in the cabinet underneath the sink for use by employees. Housekeeping Regulated waste is placed in containers which are closable, constructed to contain all contents and prevent leakage, appropriately labeled or color-coded (see the following section "Labels"), and closed prior to removal to prevent spillage or protrusion of contents during handling.
7 The procedure for handling sharps disposal containers is: Close and secure the safety closure once the container is full and no longer serviceable. Take the full sharps container to the lab at Northern Rockies Medical Center and place in the large sharps container under the center work island in the lab. If you need assistance, as a member of nursing staff to help you locate it. The procedure for handling other regulated waste is: First ensure that the waste is properly bagged, take to the lab at Northern Rockies Medical Center for disposal. Ask nursing staff for assistance if necessary. Contaminated sharps are discarded immediately or as soon as possible in containers that are closable, puncture-resistant, leak proof on sides and bottoms, and appropriately labeled or colorcoded. Sharps disposal containers are available in each ambulance and are mounted in a set location. Smaller sharps containers are also located in each ALS bag and in the wilderness bag. Bins and pails (e.g., wash or emesis basins) are cleaned and decontaminated as soon as feasible after visible contamination. Broken glassware that may be contaminated will only picked up using mechanical means, such as a brush and dustpan. Laundry The following contaminated articles will be laundered by this company: Pillowcases Burrito Blankets Sheets / Blankets Uniform items Towels Laundering will be performed by Glacier County EMS on an as-needed basis. The following laundering requirements must be met: handle contaminated laundry as little as possible, with minimal agitation place wet contaminated laundry in leak-proof, labeled or color-coded containers before transport. Use (specify either red bags or bags marked with the biohazard symbol) for this purpose. wear the following PPE when handling and/or sorting contaminated laundry: Medical gloves, gown (if heavily contaminated), safety glasses Labels The following labeling methods are used in this facility: Sharps containers will be labeled per OSHA guidelines. Properly labeled biohazard bags will be utilized per OSHA guidelines.
8 All paramedics are responsible for ensuring that warning labels are affixed or red bags are used as required if regulated waste or contaminated equipment is brought into the facility. Employees are to notify the EMS chief or officer-in-charge (OIC) if they discover regulated waste containers, refrigerators containing blood or OPIM, contaminated equipment, etc., without proper labels. HEPATITIS B VACCINATION The Glacier County Health Nurse will provide training to employees on hepatitis B vaccinations, addressing safety, benefits, efficacy, methods of administration, and availability. The hepatitis B vaccination series is available at no cost after initial employee training and within 10 days of initial assignment to all employees identified in the exposure determination section of this plan. Vaccination is encouraged unless: 1) documentation exists that the employee has previously received the series; 2) antibody testing reveals that the employee is immune; or 3) medical evaluation shows that vaccination is contraindicated. However, if an employee declines the vaccination, the employee must sign a declination form. Employees who decline may request and obtain the vaccination at a later date at no cost. Documentation of refusal of the vaccination is kept on file by the infection control officer. Vaccination will be provided by the Glacier County Health Department at 1210 E. Main Street, Cut Bank, MT. Their telephone number is Following the medical evaluation, a copy of the health care professional's written opinion will be obtained and provided to the employee within 15 days of the completion of the evaluation. It will be limited to whether the employee requires the hepatitis vaccine and whether the vaccine was administered. POST-EXPOSURE EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP Should an exposure incident occur, contact the infection control officer at If unreachable, contact the EMS chief at or EMS1 or the officer-in-charge via dispatch at An immediately available confidential medical evaluation and follow-up will be conducted by the on-duty ER provider at Northern Rockies Medical Center. Following initial first aid (clean the wound, flush eyes or other mucous membrane, etc.), the following activities will be performed: Document the routes of exposure and how the exposure occurred. Identify and document the source individual (unless the employer can establish that identification is infeasible or prohibited by state or local law). Obtain consent and make arrangements to have the source individual tested as soon as possible to determine HIV, HCV, and HBV infectivity; document that the source individual's test results were conveyed to the employee's health care provider.
9 If the source individual is already known to be HIV, HCV and/or HBV positive, new testing need not be performed. Assure that the exposed employee is provided with the source individual's test results and with information about applicable disclosure laws and regulations concerning the identity and infectious status of the source individual (e.g., laws protecting confidentiality). After obtaining consent, collect exposed employee's blood as soon as feasible after exposure incident, and test blood for HBV and HIV serological status If the employee does not give consent for HIV serological testing during collection of blood for baseline testing, preserve the baseline blood sample for at least 90 days; if the exposed employee elects to have the baseline sample tested during this waiting period, perform testing as soon as feasible. ADMINISTRATION OF POST-EXPOSURE EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP Infection control officer or EMS chief ensures that health care professional(s) responsible for employee's hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure evaluation and follow-up are given a copy of OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard. Infection control officer or EMS chief ensures that the health care professional evaluating an employee after an exposure incident receives the following: a description of the employee's job duties relevant to the exposure incident route(s) of exposure circumstances of exposure if possible, results of the source individual's blood test relevant employee medical records, including vaccination status Infection control officer or EMS chief provides the employee with a copy of the evaluating health care professional's written opinion within 15 days after completion of the evaluation. PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATING THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING AN EXPOSURE INCIDENT Infection control officer and/or EMS chief will review the circumstances of all exposure incidents to determine: engineering controls in use at the time work practices followed a description of the device being used (including type and brand) protective equipment or clothing that was used at the time of the exposure incident (gloves, eye shields, etc.) location of the incident (O.R., E.R., patient room, etc.) procedure being performed when the incident occurred employee's training
10 Infection control officer will record all percutaneous injuries from contaminated sharps in a Sharps Injury Log. If revisions to this ECP are necessary, the infection control officer will make recommendations that appropriate changes are made. (Changes may include an evaluation of safer devices, adding employees to the exposure determination list, etc.) EMPLOYEE TRAINING All employees who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens receive initial and annual training conducted by the infection control officer and the department training officer. All employees who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens receive training on the epidemiology, symptoms, and transmission of bloodborne pathogen diseases. In addition, the training program covers, at a minimum, the following elements: a copy and explanation of the OSHA bloodborne pathogen standard an explanation of our ECP and how to obtain a copy an explanation of methods to recognize tasks and other activities that may involve exposure to blood and OPIM, including what constitutes an exposure incident an explanation of the use and limitations of engineering controls, work practices, and PPE an explanation of the types, uses, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of PPE an explanation of the basis for PPE selection information on the hepatitis B vaccine, including information on its efficacy, safety, method of administration, the benefits of being vaccinated, and that the vaccine will be offered free of charge information on the appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or OPIM an explanation of the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs, including the method of reporting the incident and the medical follow-up that will be made available information on the post-exposure evaluation and follow-up that the employer is required to provide for the employee following an exposure incident an explanation of the signs and labels and/or color coding required by the standard and used at this facility an opportunity for interactive questions and answers with the person conducting the training session. Training materials for this facility are available in the training/meeting room at station 1 and in the office at station 2. RECORDKEEPING Training Records Training records are completed for each employee upon completion of training. These documents will be kept for at least three years on-file by the department training officer. Duplicate documents will be maintained by the department infection control officer.
11 The training records include: the dates of the training sessions the contents or a summary of the training sessions the names and qualifications of persons conducting the training the names and job titles of all persons attending the training sessions Employee training records are provided upon request to the employee or the employee's authorized representative within 15 working days. Such requests should be addressed to Glacier County EMS, Training Division, 512 E. Main St. Cut Bank, MT Medical Records Medical records are maintained for each employee with occupational exposure in accordance with 29 CFR , "Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records." Infection control officer is responsible for maintenance of the required medical records. These confidential records are kept in the infection control file for at least the duration of employment plus 30 years. Employee medical records are provided upon request of the employee or to anyone having written consent of the employee within 15 working days. Such requests should be sent to Glacier County EMS, Infection Control Officer, 512 E. Main St. Cut Bank, MT OSHA Recordkeeping An exposure incident is evaluated to determine if the case meets OSHA's Recordkeeping Requirements (29 CFR 1904). This determination and the recording activities are done by the infection control officer. Sharps Injury Log In addition to the 1904 Recordkeeping Requirements, all percutaneous injuries from contaminated sharps are also recorded in a Sharps Injury Log. All incidences must include at least: date of the injury type and brand of the device involved (syringe, suture needle) department or work area where the incident occurred explanation of how the incident occurred. This log is reviewed as part of the annual program evaluation and maintained for at least five years following the end of the calendar year covered. If a copy is requested by anyone, it must have any personal identifiers removed from the report. HEPATITIS B VACCINE DECLINATION (MANDATORY) Contained within the infection control folder is an OSHA-compliant Hep B Declination form to
12 be used by employees who wish to decline the Hep B vaccination. OSHA publications OSHA has an extensive publications program. For a listing of free or sales items, visit OSHA's website at or contact the OSHA Publications Office, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, N-3101, Washington, DC Telephone (202) or fax to (202) Contacting OSHA To report an emergency, file a complaint, or seek OSHA advice, assistance, or products, call (800) 321-OSHA or contact your nearest OSHA regional or area office listed at the end of this publication. The teletypewriter (TTY) number is (877) You can also file a complaint online and obtain more information on OSHA federal and state programs by visiting OSHA's website at For more information on grants, training, and education, contact the OSHA Training Institute, Office of Training and Education, 1555 Times Drive, Des Plaines, IL 60018, (847) , or see Outreach on OSHA's website at OSHA Regional Offices Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT,* WY*) 1999 Broadway, Suite 1690 PO Box Denver, CO (303)
13 Employee Acknowledgement By signing, you are acknowledging that you have been shown this exposure control plan and where to find it should you need to reference it at a later time. Glacier County EMS Exposure Control Plan December pages total
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BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS A sharper image Introduction Our image of bloodborne diseases has sharpened in recent years due to research and technological advances. More is known about the transmission, prevention
2016 OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens (BBP) Update 2016 JHS Annual Mandatory Education Objectives Discuss the epidemiology of Blood-borne Pathogens List the statistics of HIV/AIDS cases Identify the correlation
6.0 Infectious Diseases Policy: Student Exposure Control Plan 6.1 PURPOSE & SCOPE This exposure control plan has been established to define the infection control program for students of Pacific University.