In accordance with the regulations established by the United States Department of Labor pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Guilford County Schools shall have in effect a Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan. The Plan, which is designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to infectious bodily fluids, bodily secretions, or infectious materials, shall include appropriate employee training and specific precautions that all employees must take when dealing with blood and other bodily fluids.
For employees with occupational exposure to blood and bodily fluids or other infectious materials, the Plan shall include appropriate training, provision of hepatitis B vaccinations, universal precautions, and specific work practice precautions to minimize contact with potentially infectious bodily fluids. Occupational exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties.
A copy of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan shall be accessible to all employees, and a copy shall be maintained in each school unit or department. The Plan shall be updated as required by state and federal law.
It shall be the duty of the Guilford County Schools to train and familiarize the employees with the provisions of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan. It shall be the duty of each "occupationally exposed" employee to comply with the provisions thereof. Intentional failure to comply with the Plan shall be cause for disciplinary action.
LEGAL REFERENCE: G.S. 95-131; Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 and
13 NC Administrative Code 7C.0101(a)(96)