409 - Communicable Diseases and Blood Borne Pathogens

409 Communicable Diseases and Blood Borne Pathogens

P-409.1 It is the policy of the College to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for dealing with communicable diseases and blood borne pathogens.
Pr-409.1.1 To provide a safe environment for students, faculty and staff, students with chronic communicable diseases may attend College when, through reasonable accommodation, the risk of transmission of the disease and/or the risk of further injury to the student is sufficiently remote in such setting so as to be outweighed by the detrimental effects resulting from the student's exclusion from the College.
Pr-409.1.2 Due to the serious consequences of exposure to diseases carried by blood and other bodily fluids (primarily AIDS and Hepatitis B), the College adheres to accepted standards for education, training, prevention, and follow-up related to potential exposures. Although these diseases have potentially fatal effects, the chance of transmission can be greatly reduced by education, careful practice, and following established standards.
Pr-409.1.3 Each department, where there is the possibility of occupational exposure, will inform its employees of potential risk factors, preventive measures, and steps to take if an exposure occurs. These departments are those where employees are likely to assist with injuries or wounds or to clean up and dispose of results of either bleeding wounds from accidents, cuts, falls, nosebleeds, etc., or from other body fluids.
Pr-409.1.4 All employees who assist an ill or bleeding injured person or who assist with disposal of spills containing blood or other infectious material will follow standard procedures and wear appropriate protective barriers.
Pr-409.1.5 Employees who experience an unprotected exposure to blood or body fluids will follow the procedure of the Exposure Control Plan. All such exposures will be reported to the appropriate supervisor and administrator, and documentation will adhere to standards established in the Exposure Control Plan.
Pr-409.1.6 The College, through its employees, will take all appropriate steps to provide protection from risk while recognizing individual rights, voluntary testing and confidentiality.
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