GUIDE

Bodily Fluids Exposure
December 2005

2005-0043

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Overview • • • • To provide a resource to assist member companies to develop their own code of practice and safe work practices for management of bodily fluids (BF) To limit occupational exposure to BF through the use of Universal Precautions and by appropriate waste management disposal To decrease the risk of occupationally acquired infection from BF This guide is not intended as a safe operating procedure nor does it relieve employers of the responsibility to develop their own site-specific safe operating procedures Project Scope Applies to all business activities and personnel where first aid and/or life support practices as well as cleanup/disposal of spilled body fluids is an expected role.Bodily Fluid Exposure Page i . This may also include the cleanup/disposal of contaminated equipment/supplies that may occur as a result of the above-mentioned activities. December 2005 CAPP Guide .

...................................................2 Masks.............................................................................................1.........5 5.................................................................................................................................6 Post Exposure Follow-up ...............................................................4 5...............4 5....................................5 5.......................................................................4 5...........................................................3 Contaminated Laundry............................................................................................................2.........2 Contractor..................................3 6 7 8 Post Exposure Management .....................................................................3.............................1 5......................................1..............................................................................................1 7......................................1 Gloves .............................................................................................................................................3..............................2 5..........Bodily Fluid Exposure Page ii ........6 6..........................................................................7 Program Evaluation.............................................2 Employee...............................................................4 Personal Protective Equipment..........4 Incident Management..................2 4......5 5..................4 5....1 Post Exposure Testing................................................................................................2 Bodily Fluid Waste Disposal....................................1 4.......................3...........2 2 2................................................................................. Eye Protection .......................................7 July 2005 CAPP Guide ......................................................5 Disposal Practices ....................................................................................1 2...............3 4..........................................................................................................2 Care and Maintenance of Equipment.......3 Work Practices .............................................3 Identification ......................................................................................7 5 Engineering Controls .........................................................3............1 1...........................................................................................................5 Post Exposure Reporting.........................2 Responsibilities ......................................................................2 Record Keeping..............................................1 Training Content..................................................................3 Assessment.....................1 Employer ...............................................................1 1...............................................2 Risk Management......Contents Overview ................................................................................4 5.......i Project Scope.................................................................3 Control...............................................i 1 Program Layout...........................................2 2.1 Housekeeping .3 3 4 Regulatory Requirements.................................2.........5 5.................................1 Sharps Use and Disposal...................

students and contractors Training should be provided by a qualified agency that meets local regulatory requirements Contractors will comply with these standards and train employees as part of their contractual obligations Training should include a general explanation of epidemiology and symptoms of blood borne diseases.1 Regulatory Requirements • • 1. and the names and job titles of all persons attending the training session The training record will be maintained according to regulatory and/or specific company requirements • • December 2005 CAPP Guide .Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 1 .2 Companies should be aware of federal. appropriate engineering controls. the contents or summary of training sessions.1 Program Layout 1. waste management and disposal and information on post-exposure protocol and follow-up Employer will maintain records of all training sessions. practices and personal protective equipment. transmission modes. immunization considerations. the name and qualifications of the individual conducting the sessions. • • • • The training content is considered a CAPP recommendation as a due diligence obligation for all employees. provincial and territorial regulations/ recommendations pertaining to BF handling in their specific area of operations Refer to Appendix “A” for examples of regulations Training Content Training is an integral component of risk management and the following should be considered when implementing a training program.

Ensuring that appropriate protective equipment is supplied. As a result.2 Offering all employees the opportunity to participate in the BF Program Identifying employees who are required to be included in the BF Program i.2 Responsibilities 2. December 2005 CAPP Guide .1 Employer The employer is responsible for: • • • • • • • • • 2. provincial or territorial regulations specific to content. requirements for documentation and record keeping will vary according to operating site location. 3 Record Keeping Employers must comply with federal. retention and confidentiality of personal health care records. (those who have first aid responsibilities as a designated part of their job) Scheduling and delivery of BF Training Program.e.3 Contractor The contractor is responsible for: • Implementing a guideline that is aligned with applicable regulations.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 2 . training records and equipment maintenance records. available and maintained commensurate with the potential risks Ensuring that employees are aware of the need and procedures for obtaining immediate first aid/medical attention and for reporting incidents of exposure to blood and body fluids Investigating exposure incidents with follow-up to prevent similar incidents from occurring Providing for the care and maintenance of equipment Program Evaluation Record Keeping Employee The employee is responsible for: • • • • • • Identifying the risks associated with the potential for exposure to BF Knowing how to access immediate first aid and medical attention Knowing and implementing procedures for reporting exposure incidents Applying appropriate clean-up and disposal procedure as per safe work practices Participating in all training programs Practicing universal precautions. including the use of personal protective equipment 2.

hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other bloodborne pathogens Universal precautions treat all blood and body fluids as potentially infectious Engineering controls should include work practices. open dermatitis or eczema − Contact from a needle stick. • • • Universal precautions are designed to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). mouth and/or nose − Contact with non-intact skin. hepatitis B virus (HBV). laceration or puncture − Exposure with contaminated material that can occur during procedure administration and / or waste disposal 4. chapped or abraded skin.3 Control Prevention is a key component to any program in order to minimize or eliminate risks to the company or its employees.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 3 . personal protective equipment and disposal practices December 2005 CAPP Guide . Exposure types include: − Contact with mucous membranes such as a splash in the eye.4 Risk Management 4.2 Assessment First Aid administration procedures which may include: • • • • Suppression and containment of bleeding Artificial Respiration (AR mouth to mouth) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) 4.1 Identification • • Identify all procedures where workplace exposure to BF is anticipated.

1 Housekeeping • • • • • All equipment and working surfaces shall be cleaned and decontaminated after contact with blood. or as soon as feasible. or breached gloves shall be disposed of in the specified manner Gloves must be changed after contact with each individual (remove gloves pulling from top and turning inside out) Hands must be washed immediately after gloves are removed • • • • December 2005 CAPP Guide . other potentially infectious materials. inspection. or punctured.1. or forceps. Equipment must be cleaned and maintained according to manufacturer instructions 5. and non-intact skin.2 Care and Maintenance of Equipment • 5.) used for picking up contaminated or potentially contaminated materials shall be properly disinfected or disposed of after use A quality assurance program that includes regular maintenance. or other potentially infectious materials Appropriate disinfectants shall be used for cleaning All receptacles which are intended for reuse shall be inspected and decontaminated on a regularly scheduled basis.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 4 . or when their ability to function as a barrier is compromised Contaminated.5 Engineering Controls 5. upon visible contamination Broken glassware shall not be picked up directly with the hands.2. It shall be cleaned up using mechanical means.1 Gloves • Disposable impermeable gloves must be worn for all procedures where it can be reasonably anticipated that there will be contact with blood. such as brush and dustpans. body fluids.2 Personal Protective Equipment Personal protective equipment should be placed in areas where exposure to BF is anticipated (First Aid stations.) 5.1 Work Practices 5. torn. vehicles etc. storage and cleaning along with documentation must be in place. Cleanup materials (brush. used. etc. Supplies must be inspected and changed on a regular basis.1. tongs. mucous membranes. and when touching contaminated items or surfaces Gloves shall be replaced when contaminated. forceps.

4 Incident Management Incident with loss of blood/body fluid: • • • Close off the area to prevent traffic moving through Put on personal protective equipment (minimum is disposable gloves) Clean area/work surfaces and/or equipment then disinfect with the recommended disinfectant December 2005 CAPP Guide . spray. transport and dispose of wastes according to federal. and local regulations Should be handled as little as possible with a minimum of shaking Should be tagged. bagged or containerized at the location where used and shall not be sorted or rinsed Should be transported in a highly visible labeled bag and cleaned by professional service provider using approved method of disinfection 5. or mouth contamination may be anticipated 5.2 Bodily Fluid Waste Disposal Using appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): • • • • Place all contaminated products in double garbage bags clearly marked with either a bio-hazard label or in a bio-hazard disposal bag Handle garbage as little as possible Place all sharps in a bio-hazardous labeled. splatter. leak-proof sharps container Store. or droplets of blood or other potentially infectious materials may be generated and eye. in combination with eye protection.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 5 . provincial. should be worn whenever splash.3 Disposal Practices 5. Eye Protection • Disposable surgical masks.5. The container will be maintained upright throughout use 5.1 Sharps Use and Disposal • Containers for contaminated sharps shall be easily accessible to personnel and located as close as possible to the immediate area where sharps are used. nose.3 Contaminated Laundry • • • 5.3.2.2 Masks.3.3. such as goggles or glasses with side shields.3.

pdf for post-exposure guidelines Post Exposure Reporting Employee • • Report exposure immediately to Supervisor Complete an incident investigation report form ensuring the following information is captured: − Incident description − Specific equipment involved i.6 Post Exposure Management For workers exposed to blood and body fluids • • • 6. disposal surgical mask etc.) − Initial treatment − Disposition Supervisor • Report exposure immediately to a qualified health professional Qualified Health Professional • Implement follow up protocol which shall have post exposure testing and post exposure follow-up December 2005 CAPP Guide .ca/ for post-exposure testing schedule Refer to http://www. needle − Body surface exposed − Condition of the skin: Is the skin intact or broken? (i.e.e.e. gloves. gown.phac-aspc.ca//publicat/ccdr-rmtc/95pdf/cdr2119e.1 Post exposure follow-up will be initiated as soon as possible after the exposure has occurred Refer to http://www. needle prick.gc.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 6 . etc) − Eye(s) − Nose − Mouth − Personal protection used (i.gc.hc-sc. cut(s).

provincial and federal regulations Assess each exposure to determine prevention strategies • • • 7.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 7 . with the appropriate signed consents Inform the exposed individual about confidentiality laws in order to protect the source individual’s privacy rights Laboratory testing should include but not be limited to: − Hepatitis B screen – HbsAg.7 Post Exposure Testing To be performed by qualified health professional • • • • • • • Review completed incident investigation report Obtain consent from source individual and exposed individual(s) for blood testing Document if no signed consent is received Collect all employee’s blood as soon as feasible after consent is obtained Provide results of source individual’s tests to the exposed individual(s). Anti-HBC − Hepatitis C screen – Anti HCV − HIV testing Frequency of the above tests will be determined by local. the exposed individual will be given a confidential health evaluation and followup Supportive psychological counseling by a qualified professional may be required Schedule of follow-up blood testing will be dependent upon initial exposure results and shall follow local.1 Post Exposure Follow-up • • • • • 8 Program Evaluation • • • • Review of overall program content Effectiveness of education and training ensuring all components are covered Data analysis to review frequency trends Safe work practices established December 2005 CAPP Guide . provincial and/or federal requirements Review results and develop subsequent treatment plan. local. provincial and/or federal requirements Keep records for each individual with occupational exposure as per company. this may include consultation with an infection control specialist File confidential documentation in exposed individual’s health record Immediately following a report of an exposure incident.

ccohs.Appendix A Canada: Resources Canada Labour Code.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 8 .ca Quebec: Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety Regulation respecting the Quality of the Work Environment http://www.worksafebc.htm December 2005 CAPP Guide .mb.gov. Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations Alberta: Alberta Human Resources and Employment Statutes and Regulations Workplace Health & Safety Bulletins AIDS and the Workplace Universal Precautions for Workers Who May Be Exposed to HIV Alberta First Aid Regulations http://www.gov.ca British Columbia: Worker’s Compensation Board of British Columbia HIV/AIDS AND HEPATITIS B AND C Preventing Exposure at Work http://www.ca Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Labour Health and Safety Protecting Emergency Response Workers from Infectious Diseases http://www.ca/labour/ Ontario: Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act HIV/AIDS in the Workplace http://www.on.com Manitoba: Workplace Safety and Health Division Managing Exposure to Human Blood/Body Fluids Work Safe Bulletin http://www.sk.ipc.labour.ab.gov.ca/safety/infectious-diseases/introduction.

nb. and Regulatory Mechanisms Part 4 – Occupational Health and Safety Policy.ca/index.php3 Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Act http://www.html Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Occupational Health and Safety Requirements – Draft Element 1 – Rights.pe. Responsibilities.gov. Program and Management System http://www.The following websites will take you to the province’s government site.ca/ Nunavut: The Nunavut Act states that all laws of the Northwest Territories will apply in Nunavut.gov.cnsopb.ca/acts/acts/o-00-2.gov.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 9 .ns. General Safety Regulations http://www. Newfoundland: Occupational Health and Safety Act http://www.gov.htm Northwest Territories Safety Act. Prince Edward Island: Occupational Health and Safety Act http://www.gov.nt.nf.ca/ December 2005 CAPP Guide .ca/labour/ New Brunswick: Occupational Health and Safety Act General Regulation http://www.ca/hss/index. some will access the Occupational and Safety Act for that province.yk.

seminal secretions. broken capillary tubes. Any contaminated object that can penetrate the skin. A situation in which mucous membranes or the skin barrier is pierced. Means human blood. infected BF. December 2005 CAPP Guide . and abrasion. broken glass. self sheathing needles). These pathogens include. scalpels. who in the course of his/her daily duties has been exposed to potentially. through an event such as a needle stick. cut. Any bodily fluids visibly contaminated with blood. vaginal secretions. including. Includes all bodily fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between bodily fluids. Blood Bloodborne Pathogens Broken Skin Contaminated Contaminated Sharps Engineering Controls Exposed Individual An individual.g. and exposed ends of dental wires. Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). human bite.. Pathogenic microorganisms present in humans. but are not limited to. Exposure Refers to an event which. Hepatitis B Virus Hepatitis C Virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus HBV HCV HIV Personal Protection Specialized disposable clothing or equipment worn by an Equipment individual for protection against a hazard. during the course of an individual’s duties. General work clothes (e. cerebrospinal fluid.Appendix B Bodily Fluid (BF) Glossary Includes. amniotic fluid and pus. but not limited to: needles. sharps disposal containers. and blouses) not intended to function as protection against a hazard are not considered to be Personal Protective Equipment. shirts. Describes the presence or the reasonably anticipated presence of BF on an item or surface. that isolate or remove the blood-borne pathogen hazard from the workplace. but are not limited to. Controls (e. saliva. uniforms. exposes individual to potentially infectious BF. pants. human blood components. pleural fluid.g. synovial fluid. and products made from human blood.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 10 ..

whose blood or other potentially infectious materials may be a source of occupational exposure to other individuals. Controls that reduce the likelihood of exposure by altering the manner in which a task is performed (e.g. HCV.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 11 . According to the concept of Universal Precautions. living or dead. all blood and bodily fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for HBV. prohibiting the recapping of needles). HIV. An approach to infection control. and other blood-borne pathogens..Source Individual Any individual. Universal Precautions Work Practice Controls December 2005 CAPP Guide .

ca/oshanswers/prevention/ppe/universa.gov. Canadian Communicable Disease Report Supplement Vol. Workplace Health and Safety.ccohs.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_ id=10051 Last Update: 2001-01-18 8. Blood and Body Fluid Post Exposure Management Standard.ca/policydb/ShowPolicy?policy_id=1465 5. 2000 Last Update: March 2003 December 2005 CAPP Guide . First Aid Regulation. Calgary Regional Health Authority.com/publications/health_and_safety_information/by_topic/assets/pdf/hi v_aids.calgaryhealthregion. Universal Precautions.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 12 .pdf 2000 2. Department of Labor.html Last Updated: 2002-04-02 6. Administrative Manual 1998 Refer to: www.. An Integrated Protocol to Manage Health Care Workers Exposed to Bloodborne Pathogens.worksafebc. Health Canada. British Columbia Worker’s Compensation Board.ca/hre/whs/publications/pdf/bh003. Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety. 2000 Refer to: www.pdf 4.ca/directives/ohs/first-aid. Preventing Exposure at Work WorkSafe 1998 www. 1997 www. Draft 2000 9. U.pao.osha.calgaryhealthregion. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 1996. Universal Precautions for Workers Who May Be Exposed to HIV. Blood and Body Fluid – Post Exposure Guidelines. HIV / AIDS and Hepatitis B and C.ab. Safety Bulletin BH003. PanCanadian Petroleum Ltd. 2000 www3. Quality Management Plan for Compliance with First Aid Regulation.Appendix C Bibliography 1.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp. AIDS and the Workplace. Standards – 29 CFR Bloodborne Pathogens 1910 – 1030.htm 3. 23S3. Alberta Workplace Health & Safety Bulletins. May 1997 Last Modified: 2005-09-21 7.ca/policydb/ShowPolicy?policy_id=1478 www. http://www.gov.ab.S. (AR48/2000). Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Standard.

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