Infection Control

Did you know?  Your facility is required to have infection control policies and procedures in place per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) as a health care facility.  Within these policies and procedures comes the need for an Exposure Control Plan, which I find that a lot of facilities fail to include.  

An Exposure Control Plan is a written program outlining the protective measures that your facility takes to eliminate or minimize your exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.  The facility must conduct an Exposure Determination to identify job classifications, as well as tasks and procedures in which employees are at potential risk of exposure.  

An Exposure Control Plan includes engineering controls, work practice controls, and personal protective equipment.  OSHA requires that all employees of any health care facility (including assisted living facilities be trained in standard precautions and bloodborne pathogens – including continuing education). ALT Services offers a Bloodborne Pathogens course solely online.  This course covers all of this information and more. Visit www.altservices.org to register or more more information.  Happy caregiving!

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