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7.13.P.1 Staff Health & Safety

Section 7.13 - Policy


Staff Health and Safety
Communicable Diseases
Handling  Body  Fluids  in  School

The following guidelines are meant to provide simple and effective precautions against transmission of disease for all people potentially exposed to the blood or body fluids of any person (student and/or school employee).  No distinction is made between body fluids from persons with a known disease or those from persons without symptoms or with an undiagnosed disease.

The body fluids of all people should be considered to contain potentially infectious agents.  The term body fluids includes blood, semen, drainage from scrapes and cuts, feces, urine, vomit, respiratory secretions (such as nasal discharge), and saliva.
  • Whenever possible, avoid direct skin contact with body fluids.  Disposable gloves are recommended when direct hand contact with body fluids is anticipated.  If extensive contact is made with body fluids, hands must be washed afterwards.  Gloves used for this purpose should be put in a plastic bag, secured, and disposed of daily.
  • If direct skin contact does occur, hands and other affected skin areas of all exposed people shall be routinely washed with soap and water.
  • Proper handwashing requires the use of soap and water and vigorous washing under a stream of running water for approximately ten (10) seconds.
  • Clothing and other nondisposable items that are soaked through with body fluids should be rinsed and placed in plastic bags.  If presoaking is required to remove stains, rinse or soak the item in cold water prior to bagging.  Clothing should be sent home with the student for washing, with appropriate directions to parents and teachers (see laundry instructions below).  Always wear gloves when handling items that have come in contact with body fluids.
  • Contaminated disposable items shall be handled with disposable gloves, put in a plastic bag, secured, and disposed of daily.
  • Body fluid spills on hard surfaces (i.e., floors, countertops, books, etc.) shall be disinfected with bleach (diluted to ten [10] parts water and one [1] part bleach).  Gloves shall always be worn during cleanup.
  • Cleaning equipment:
    • Nondisposable cleaning equipment (such as dust pans, brooms, and buckets) shall be disinfected by thoroughly rinsing in diluted bleach (ten [10] parts water and one [1] part bleach).  Mops shall be soaked in the disinfectant after use and then rinsed with hot water.  The disinfectant solution shall be promptly disposed of down a drain pipe.
    • Disposable cleaning equipment (such as paper towels, the vacuum bag, or sweepings) shall be placed in plastic bags, secured, and disposed of daily.  No special handling is required for vacuuming equipment.  Gloves shall always be used during cleanup.
  • Laundry instructions:
    • Clothing soaked with body fluids shall be washed separately from other items.  Presoaking may be required for heavily soiled clothing.  Otherwise, wash and dry as usual.  If the material can be bleached, add one-half (1/2) cup of household bleach to the wash cycle.  If the material is not colorfast, add one-half (1/2) cup of all-fabric bleach to the wash cycle.