GUIDE

Bodily Fluids Exposure
December 2005

2005-0043

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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.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.

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

2 Companies should be aware of federal. practices and personal protective equipment.1 Regulatory Requirements • • 1.1 Program Layout 1. immunization considerations. the contents or summary of training sessions. 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. waste management and disposal and information on post-exposure protocol and follow-up Employer will maintain records of all training sessions.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 1 . transmission modes. the name and qualifications of the individual conducting the sessions. 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. 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 . appropriate engineering controls. • • • • The training content is considered a CAPP recommendation as a due diligence obligation for all employees.

requirements for documentation and record keeping will vary according to operating site location. December 2005 CAPP Guide . 3 Record Keeping Employers must comply with federal. 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. (those who have first aid responsibilities as a designated part of their job) Scheduling and delivery of BF Training Program. including the use of personal protective equipment 2. As a result. provincial or territorial regulations specific to content.1 Employer The employer is responsible for: • • • • • • • • • 2.3 Contractor The contractor is responsible for: • Implementing a guideline that is aligned with applicable regulations.e.2 Responsibilities 2. Ensuring that appropriate protective equipment is supplied. retention and confidentiality of personal health care records.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.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 2 .

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

Supplies must be inspected and changed on a regular basis. upon visible contamination Broken glassware shall not be picked up directly with the hands.2 Care and Maintenance of Equipment • 5. Equipment must be cleaned and maintained according to manufacturer instructions 5. Cleanup materials (brush.1 Work Practices 5. storage and cleaning along with documentation must be in place. 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. forceps. or as soon as feasible.) 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. and when touching contaminated items or surfaces Gloves shall be replaced when contaminated. torn. other potentially infectious materials. tongs. used.1.5 Engineering Controls 5. 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 . inspection.1.2. and non-intact skin. or punctured. It shall be cleaned up using mechanical means.) 5. such as brush and dustpans. etc.2 Personal Protective Equipment Personal protective equipment should be placed in areas where exposure to BF is anticipated (First Aid stations. mucous membranes. or when their ability to function as a barrier is compromised Contaminated.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 4 . body fluids. or forceps.1 Housekeeping • • • • • All equipment and working surfaces shall be cleaned and decontaminated after contact with blood.1 Gloves • Disposable impermeable gloves must be worn for all procedures where it can be reasonably anticipated that there will be contact with blood. vehicles etc.

5.3 Disposal Practices 5. should be worn whenever splash. and local regulations Should be handled as little as possible with a minimum of shaking Should be tagged.2 Masks. or droplets of blood or other potentially infectious materials may be generated and eye. nose.3. 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. in combination with eye protection.3 Contaminated Laundry • • • 5. Eye Protection • Disposable surgical masks. spray. or mouth contamination may be anticipated 5.3.2 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. leak-proof sharps container Store. provincial.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 . such as goggles or glasses with side shields.2. splatter.3. The container will be maintained upright throughout use 5.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 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.3. transport and dispose of wastes according to federal.

gloves.phac-aspc.e.) − 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 . gown.gc. cut(s).gc.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.e. needle − Body surface exposed − Condition of the skin: Is the skin intact or broken? (i. disposal surgical mask etc.ca/ for post-exposure testing schedule Refer to http://www.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 6 .6 Post Exposure Management For workers exposed to blood and body fluids • • • 6.ca//publicat/ccdr-rmtc/95pdf/cdr2119e. etc) − Eye(s) − Nose − Mouth − Personal protection used (i.e. needle prick.1 Post exposure follow-up will be initiated as soon as possible after the exposure has occurred Refer to http://www.hc-sc.

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 . Anti-HBC − Hepatitis C screen – Anti HCV − HIV testing Frequency of the above tests will be determined by local. 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 Keep records for each individual with occupational exposure as per company.Bodily Fluids Exposure Page 7 . provincial and/or federal requirements Review results and develop subsequent treatment plan. 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. 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. 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).

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

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

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

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

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

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