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What protective measures against bloodborne pathogens must the DOE provide?

The DOE is required to develop an Exposure Control Plan that:

  • identifies at-risk workers;
  • outlines methods to prevent or eliminate exposure, including universal precautions and the use of safe needle devices;
  • outlines adequate personal protective equipment;
  • establishes a housekeeping, cleaning and disinfection program;
  • establishes a bloodborne pathogens training program;
  • offers Hepatitis B vaccine at no cost; and
  • offers free, confidential medical evaluation, treatment and counseling after an exposure to blood or bodily fluids during work hours.

The principal should appoint an administrative-level person, called the site employee safety administrator, to coordinate the school’s program.

For more details about what your school must do, read this Know Your Rights column on bloodborne pathogens.

See the UFT's guide to the DOE's Blood-Borne Pathogen Compliance Tool »