Universal Precautions Training

Universal Precautions Training

Bloodborne Pathogen Training

Wa-Nee Community Schools must provide annual training for all employees who have a risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The exposure control plan is available in the nurse's office at every school. Any employee who has a specific eye, mouth, or other mucous membrane, non-intact skin or parenteral (needle stick) contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials is to make an immediate report to the school nurse of the exposure incident.

Upon receipt of the exposure incident, Wa-Nee Community Schools will direct the employee to a licensed health care provider who will provide counsel regarding the incident and how to prevent further spread of any potential infection and who will prescribe treatment in accordance with current recommendations of the US Public Health Services.

One of the blood borne pathogens that one may be exposed to is Hepatitis B. Wearing the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) can help significantly reduce your chances of acquiring Hepatitis B and other bloodborne pathogens. According to the CDC:

"Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B is transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact; sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment; or from mother to baby at birth. For some people, hepatitis B is an acute, or short-term, illness but for others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection. Risk for chronic infection is related to age at infection: approximately 90% of infected infants become chronically infected, compared with 2%–6% of adults. Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious health issues, like cirrhosis or liver cancer. The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated." CDC. (2015, May 31). Viral Hepatitis. Retrieved from https://www.CDC.gov

Please view the 10 minute video, "It's Up To You! Avoiding Bloodborne Pathogens in Schools" and read the Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Sheet and PPE OSHA Fact Sheet to complete your training. An accessible copy of the regulatory text of the "Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; Final Rule", may be found in the nurse's office at each school.

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