Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Company Policy

The Energy Group, Inc. Inc has instituted the following Exposure Control Plan to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens to help provide a safe and healthful work environment for our entire staff.
 
Corporate personnel will evaluate, maintain, and revise the policy, as necessary.
 
This policy and exposure control plan shall apply to employees that can reasonably anticipate exposure to infectious material. Those employees who are determined to have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials must comply with these procedures and work practices.
 
General Foreman and Management shall provide all necessary equipment and supplies necessary at no cost to the employee. General Foremen are responsible for implementation.
 
No employee should be exposed to or should touch the blood or bodily fluid of another employee or person because no employee is required by the Energy Group, Inc. to render emergency first aid to anyone.
 
Therefore, employees who are trained in first aid procedures including blood borne pathogens (BBP) who elect to give first aid to any other person, do so solely as a voluntary heroic action.
 
If the employee is trained and agrees to always use BBP kits when administering First Aid, then the following conditions also apply:
 
  • All employees will utilize universal precautions.
  • Engineering controls and work practice controls will be used to prevent or minimize exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
  • Personal protective equipment is provided to employees at no cost. Personal Hygiene Packets containing personal protective equipment are in the first aid kits on the work vehicles.
  • Hand washing facilities shall be available whenever possible. Antiseptic solutions or towelettes shall also be available in the first aid kits.
  • All employees must wear appropriate gloves when it can be reasonably anticipated that there may be hand contact with blood or other bodily fluid. When handling or touching contaminated items or surfaces; replace gloves if torn, punctured, contaminated, or if their ability to function as a barrier is compromised; wear appropriate face and eye protection when splashes, sprays, spatters, or droplets of blood or other bodily fluid pose a hazard to the eye, nose, or mouth.
  • Contaminated PPE and clothing shall be removed as soon as possible after it becomes contaminated in such a way as to avoid contact with the outer surface. Wash hands immediately after removal of gloves or other PPE.
  • All equipment and environmental surfaces that have been contaminated shall be cleaned and disinfected. Used PPE and clean up material may be disposed of in Bodily Fluid Clean-Up kit and never reused.
  • Regulated waste shall be placed in containers which are closed, sealed, and appropriately labeled to prevent spillage or protrusion of contents, during handling.
  • All exposure incidents shall be reported following the incident reporting procedures.
  • The incident investigation will follow incident investigation procedures and include a confidential medical evaluation and follow-up; documentation of the routes of exposure and how the exposure occurred; and identification of the source individual.
  • Energy Group, Inc. shall attempt to obtain consent and make arrangements to have the source individual tested as soon as possible and have the test results conveyed, to the employee's health care provider.
  • If the source individual is already known to be infected new testing need not be performed. The exposed employee shall be provided with the test results and with information about applicable disclosure laws and regulations concerning the identity and infectious status of the source individual.
  • After obtaining consent, blood shall be collected from the exposed individual and tested for blood-borne pathogens. If the employee does not give consent for testing during collection of blood, the blood sample shall be preserved for at least 90 days; if the exposed employee elects to have the sample tested during this period, testing shall be performed.
  • The supervisor shall ensure that the health care professional evaluating an employee after an exposure incident receives a description of the employee's job duties relevant to the exposure incident, the routes of exposure, the circumstances of exposure, employee medical records and the results of the source individual blood test if possible.
  • The employee shall be provided with a copy of the written opinion of the evaluating health care professional, within 15 days after completion of the evaluation.
  • The Corporate office will review the circumstances of all exposure incidents to determine: what engineering controls where in use at the time; what work practices were followed; what personal protective equipment or clothing was being used at the time of the exposure incident; the location of the incident; what work procedure was being performed when the incident occurred; and what blood-borne pathogen training had the exposed employee received.
  • Employees covered by the blood-borne pathogens standard receive blood-borne pathogen training including an explanation of this blood-borne pathogen policy and exposure plan during their initial training session. It is also reviewed annually. If requested, an employee will be provided a copy free of charge in a timely fashion, at a convenient location to the employee and in an acceptable manner. The blood-borne pathogen training shall include epidemiology, symptoms, and transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
  • In addition, the training shall explain the standard; review of the exposure control plan and how to obtain a copy; methods to recognize tasks and activities that may involve exposure to blood and bodily fluids; what constitutes an exposure incident; the use and limitations of engineering controls, work practices, and PPE; and the types, uses, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of PPE.
  • Information must be included on the efficacy, safety, method of administration and the benefits of the hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine will be offered free of charge.
  • Employees shall be instructed about the appropriate actions to take, reporting procedures and persons to contact and the medical follow-up that will be made available in the event of an exposure.
  • Training records are completed for each employee upon completion of training. These documents will be kept for at least three years in the employee's personnel file.
  • Medical records shall be maintained for each employee with occupational exposure in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1020. These confidential records are shall be kept at least the duration of employment plus 30 years.