FILE:  GAMFB

CF:  GAMFA, JGCC

 

HANDLING OF BODY FLUIDS

 

 

The West Carroll Parish School Board will work cooperatively with the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Louisiana Department of Education for the prevention, control, and containment of communicable diseases in schools.  The following guidelines are meant to provide simple and effective precautions against transmission of disease for all persons potentially exposed to the blood or body fluids of students or fellow workers.  No distinction is made between body fluids from individuals without symptoms or with an un-diagnosed disease.

 

  1. CONTACT WITH BODY FLUIDS

    The body fluids of all persons should be considered potentially infectious agents. The term 'body fluids' includes:  blood, drainage from scrapes and cuts, feces, urine, vomitus, respiratory secretions, and saliva.  Contact with body fluids presents a risk of infection with a variety of germs.  Many germs may be carried by individuals who have no symptoms of illness.  Precautions must be carried out at all times.

 

  1. HOW TO AVOID CONTACT WITH BODY FLUIDS

    When possible, direct skin contact with body fluids should be avoided.  Disposable gloves should be available to principals, teachers, school nurse, custodians, lunchroom personnel, and other employees.  Gloves are recommended when direct hand contact with body fluids is anticipated (e.g., treating bloody noses, handling clothes soiled by incontinence, cleaning small spills by hand).  Hands should be washed immediately and gloves should be put in a plastic bag or lined trash can, secured, and disposed of daily.

 

  1. WHAT TO DO IF DIRECT SKIN CONTACT OCCURS

    In many instances, unanticipated skin contact with body fluids may occur in situations where gloves may be immediately unavailable.  In these instances, hands and other affected skin area of all exposed persons should be routinely washed with soap and water after direct contact has ceased.  Proper hand washing requires the use of soap and water and vigorous washing under a stream of running water for at least ten seconds.  Clothing and other non-disposable items that are soaked through with body fluids should be rinsed and placed in plastic bags. Contaminated disposable items should be handled with gloves.

  1. CLEANING OF HARD SURFACE, EQUIPMENT, AND SOILED CLOTHING

    A disinfectant should be applied.  Mops should be soaked in the disinfectant after use and rinsed thoroughly or washed in a hot water cycle before rinse.  Disposable cleaning equipment and water should be placed in a toilet or plastic bag as appropriate.  Non-disposable cleaning equipment (dust pans, buckets, etc.) should be thoroughly rinsed in the disinfectant.  The disinfectant solution should be promptly disposed down a drain pipe and gloves should be discarded appropriately. Clothing soaked with body fluids should be washed separately from other clothing with soap and water.  Addition of bleach will further reduce the number of potentially infectious agents.

 

  1. EXCLUSION FROM EMPLOYMENT

    The Superintendent may exclude a staff member from school or employment when reliable evidence or information from a public health office or physician confirms him/her of having a communicable disease or infestation that is known to be spread by any form of casual contact and is considered a health threat to the school population.  The staff member shall be excluded until a written statement from a physician or health officer allows the employee to return to work.

    When reliable evidence or information from a public health officer or physician confirms that a student/staff member is known to have a communicable disease or infection that is known not to be spread by casual contact, (i.e., HIV infection, Hepatitis B and other like diseases), the decision as to whether the affected person will remain in the school or employment setting will be addressed on a case by case basis by a review panel to ensure due process.

    Employees shall inform their principal, supervisor, or Superintendent whenever a communicable disease is diagnosed.  A health care provider statement shall be submitted to the Superintendent.  Failure to notify the proper authorities could result in exclusion from employment.

 

 

Ref:     Information and Guidelines: Prevention of Disease Transmission in Schools, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), State of Connecticut, Department of Education and Department of Health Services, March 1985

Health and Safety, Bulletin 135

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

 

West Carroll Parish School Board