GUIDE

Bodily Fluids Exposure
December 2005

2005-0043

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This may also include the cleanup/disposal of contaminated equipment/supplies that may occur as a result of the above-mentioned activities.Bodily Fluid Exposure Page i . December 2005 CAPP Guide .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.

...............................................................................................................3 4.........................................5 Disposal Practices .............................................2 Employee...........................2 5...........1 1.................4 5.........................................1 5............................................5 5....................................................................2 4................................3................................................2 Care and Maintenance of Equipment..............................................................4 5................................................i 1 Program Layout.......................................5 5........................................ Eye Protection .7 July 2005 CAPP Guide .................................................................................................................1 Sharps Use and Disposal................................4 5.......................................................................................1 Employer .............7 5 Engineering Controls ........1...................................................1 1............1 Post Exposure Testing.......................................................................................3 Work Practices ............................................................................................................1 7......................................................................................................................................................................................................................3...........................7 Program Evaluation...............................................................................................................1.............................6 Post Exposure Follow-up ...................................2 Bodily Fluid Waste Disposal.................3 Identification ............................................2 Record Keeping.............3.......Bodily Fluid Exposure Page ii ......................................2 Masks...............................................................1 Gloves .........................Contents Overview ...........5 5.........................4 5.......................................2 2 2......2.3 6 7 8 Post Exposure Management ................................3 Assessment.....................................4 Incident Management........................2 2...........................................................................................................1 2....................................................................................................................................2 Contractor..........................3 Control.......................................................................................................................1 Housekeeping .....................6 6.......3 3 4 Regulatory Requirements.....3 Contaminated Laundry................2 Responsibilities ..................................................................4 Personal Protective Equipment....................3...........................2...........................................................................................................................5 Post Exposure Reporting.................................................2 Risk Management...................5 5.......................................i Project Scope.................................................1 Training Content....................1 4...................................................................4 5.................

practices and personal protective equipment. the name and qualifications of the individual conducting the sessions.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 1 .1 Regulatory Requirements • • 1. 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. • • • • The training content is considered a CAPP recommendation as a due diligence obligation for all employees. transmission modes.2 Companies should be aware of federal. the contents or summary of training sessions. appropriate engineering controls. 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 . 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. immunization considerations.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.

provincial or territorial regulations specific to content.e.2 Responsibilities 2.1 Employer The employer is responsible for: • • • • • • • • • 2. including the use of personal protective equipment 2. December 2005 CAPP Guide . As a result.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 2 .3 Contractor The contractor is responsible for: • Implementing a guideline that is aligned with applicable regulations. (those who have first aid responsibilities as a designated part of their job) Scheduling and delivery of BF Training Program. 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. retention and confidentiality of personal health care records. training records and equipment maintenance records. Ensuring that appropriate protective equipment is supplied. requirements for documentation and record keeping will vary according to operating site location.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. 3 Record Keeping Employers must comply with federal.

personal protective equipment and disposal practices December 2005 CAPP Guide . • • • Universal precautions are designed to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). open dermatitis or eczema − Contact from a needle stick. 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.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 3 . 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. laceration or puncture − Exposure with contaminated material that can occur during procedure administration and / or waste disposal 4. Exposure types include: − Contact with mucous membranes such as a splash in the eye.4 Risk Management 4. hepatitis B virus (HBV).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. mouth and/or nose − Contact with non-intact skin.1 Identification • • Identify all procedures where workplace exposure to BF is anticipated.

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. and when touching contaminated items or surfaces Gloves shall be replaced when contaminated. or as soon as feasible. Supplies must be inspected and changed on a regular basis. mucous membranes. or forceps. used.1 Housekeeping • • • • • All equipment and working surfaces shall be cleaned and decontaminated after contact with blood. other potentially infectious materials. torn.1 Gloves • Disposable impermeable gloves must be worn for all procedures where it can be reasonably anticipated that there will be contact with blood.1.2 Personal Protective Equipment Personal protective equipment should be placed in areas where exposure to BF is anticipated (First Aid stations. storage and cleaning along with documentation must be in place. or punctured. forceps.) 5. vehicles etc.) 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.1. upon visible contamination Broken glassware shall not be picked up directly with the hands. Cleanup materials (brush.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 4 . It shall be cleaned up using mechanical means.2 Care and Maintenance of Equipment • 5.2. 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 . Equipment must be cleaned and maintained according to manufacturer instructions 5. and non-intact skin. body fluids.5 Engineering Controls 5. etc. tongs.1 Work Practices 5. inspection. or when their ability to function as a barrier is compromised Contaminated. such as brush and dustpans.

should be worn whenever splash. 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.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 5 .3. Eye Protection • Disposable surgical masks.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. and local regulations Should be handled as little as possible with a minimum of shaking Should be tagged. in combination with eye protection. such as goggles or glasses with side shields.3. leak-proof sharps container Store.5.3 Disposal Practices 5. transport and dispose of wastes according to federal. provincial.3.1 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.3 Contaminated Laundry • • • 5. spray. nose. or droplets of blood or other potentially infectious materials may be generated and eye.2 Masks. splatter.2. The container will be maintained upright throughout use 5.4 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 .3. or mouth contamination may be anticipated 5.

needle prick. cut(s).gc. gloves.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 6 .hc-sc.e.phac-aspc.ca/ for post-exposure testing schedule Refer to http://www.gc. disposal surgical mask etc.e.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.e. etc) − Eye(s) − Nose − Mouth − Personal protection used (i.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. gown.) − 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 . needle − Body surface exposed − Condition of the skin: Is the skin intact or broken? (i.6 Post Exposure Management For workers exposed to blood and body fluids • • • 6.

Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 7 . provincial and federal regulations Assess each exposure to determine prevention strategies • • • 7.7 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).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 . 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. 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. Anti-HBC − Hepatitis C screen – Anti HCV − HIV testing Frequency of the above tests will be determined by 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. provincial and/or federal requirements Review results and develop subsequent treatment plan. local.

gov.htm December 2005 CAPP Guide .on.labour.ccohs.ca/safety/infectious-diseases/introduction.com Manitoba: Workplace Safety and Health Division Managing Exposure to Human Blood/Body Fluids Work Safe Bulletin http://www.ab.ca British Columbia: Worker’s Compensation Board of British Columbia HIV/AIDS AND HEPATITIS B AND C Preventing Exposure at Work http://www.ipc.Appendix A Canada: Resources Canada Labour Code.sk.ca Quebec: Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety Regulation respecting the Quality of the Work Environment http://www.mb. 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.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 8 .gov.gov.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.worksafebc.

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

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

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

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

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