The purpose of reporting injuries or exposures to blood and body fluids is to provide emergent / rehabilitative care and to protect employees from health hazards associated with blood and blood borne pathogens. Should exposure occur, then treatment and counseling will occur. Emporia USD 253 adheres to the recommendations made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA).
Prevention of injury is paramount to treating an injury. Personal safety equipment will be provided within each department where an employee is assigned. Adherence to best practice safety practices is essential. For example, corrective posturing and body mechanics for lifting / bending / sitting, use of recommended ladders / step stood, thorough knowledge of electrical equipment, to name a few.
If an injury occurs on school grounds, it must be reported to your supervisor or school nurse by the end of the work day. A Worker’s Compensation Report should be completed regardless of whether or not an employee intends to seek care at the time of the injury.
Recommendations / follow – up for evaluation and treatment will be made and the employee will be offered the opportunity to have a medical evaluation.
SEE USD 253 INJURY REPORTING FORM / WORKER’S COMPENSATION INFORMATION, REPORTING, RECORD KEEPING
Exposure to Disease:
Employees may be at risk for exposure to communicable diseases while working at their assigned positions. Exposure to common infectious diseases is inherent in any work situation that an employee may be in and is not necessarily due to their work environment. The most common concerns for all employees are those typically contagious diseases that impact the entire
community: cold symptoms, viral flu, viral gastrointestinal illness, etc.
Exposure to more serious disease are considerations in any work environment.
These diseases may include Hepatitis A, B, or C or Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV). Most employees are considered to be at a minimal risk for exposure to blood or body fluids.
Those employees who have a greater risk of occupational exposure are those individuals who are expected to provide first aid care or who work daily with severely multiply disabled students.
SEE USD 253 EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN FOR RISK CATEGORY CLASSIFICATION, ENGINEERING AND WORK PRACTICE CONTROLS, WORK PRACTICE CONTROLS, AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT INFORMATION.
“Universal Precautions” is a term used to communicate preventative care which will reduce the risk of exposure to diseases through common sense health practices. These practices include good hand washing, use of tissue, good hygienic practices, eating in designated areas, and providing opportunities for vaccinations to prevent seasonal illness.
Employees will receive training regarding reducing their risk of exposure to communicable diseases / infectious diseases during their initial orientation process when hired. Employees will then receive an annual update regarding good health practices, health concerns, reporting of injuries, and potential exposures, as well as current information on Universal Precautions.