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Universal precautions shall be observed by all employees to prevent
contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials. The Richmond
Community Schools Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan as mandated by
available in every school building and contains additional information and
guidance concerning Universal Precautions Procedures.
All employees must view the Universal Precaution video “A Lesson to Live
By” at the start of the school year or start of employment. Building
principals shall document the record of attendees and forward to the nursing
supervisor who will keep the documentation on file for three years.
In the event of exposure to blood, all school personnel should adhere to
||Barrier protection should be used at
all times to prevent skin and mucous membrane contamination with
blood, body fluids containing visible blood, or other body fluids.
||Barrier protection should be used with ALL
tissues. The type of barrier protection used should be appropriate for
the type of procedures being performed and the type of exposure
||Gloves are available in the
classroom and are to be worn when there is potential for hand or
skin contact with blood, other potentially infectious material, or
items and surfaces contaminated with these materials.
||Wear face protection (face
shield) during procedures that are likely to generate droplets of
blood or body fluid to prevent exposure to mucous membranes of the
mouth, nose and eyes.
||Wear protective body clothing
(disposable laboratory coats are available in the school clinic)
when there is a potential for splashing of blood or body fluids.
||Change clothing if another
person's blood or body fluid gets onto your clothes.
||Wash hands or other skin surfaces
thoroughly and immediately if contaminated with blood, body fluids
containing visible blood, or other body fluids to which universal
||Wash hands immediately after gloves
||Avoid accidental injuries by sharp
items. Puncture resistant containers marked with the biohazard
symbol are located in the school clinic and are to be used for disposal
of used needles, syringes, and other sharp items. Red trash bags
(available in the clinic or from the school custodian) must be used and
disposed of properly for any items containing blood or other body
Custodians are trained in proper procedures for clean up and should be
called if any blood or body fluid spill occurs. As a school employee you
must react to an emergency not only with your heart, but also with your
head. Take time to protect yourself while helping a child or co-worker in
Employee Guidelines - Universal
All Richmond Community Schools employees must watch the Universal
Precaution presentation at the start of the school year or start of
employment. The Universal Precaution presentation will be shown at each
school and other work locations at the beginning of the year. Employees
hired after the beginning of the school year will view the video at the
central office as part of the employment process.
Every Richmond Community Schools employee must practice universal
precautions in every blood exposure incident.
Richmond Community Schools has a Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control
Plan as mandated by OSHA guidelines.
- If an exposure incident occurs in your building - complete an
incident/exposure report and notify the nurse supervisor.
- Any exposure incident also needs to be reported to the person's
- The nurse supervisor must follow the outline as written in the
RCS Bloodborne Exposure Control Plan.