The development and implementation of an exposure control plan requires the commitment of management and full participation of all employees at every level within the district.
Policy Statement: It is the policy of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to provide a safe and healthful work environment for all of its employees by minimizing exposure to blood borne pathogens.
Responsibility: The responsibilities described below are intended to encompass and limit involvement for this program, first, to those individuals whose primary job activities include day-to-day exposure to blood and body fluids; and secondly, to those individuals whose additional job activities include the potential for exposure. Nursing staff, as healthcare professionals, are charged with contributing their utmost to establish and maintain the safest and most healthful practices while providing care of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District students/employees.
The Chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is responsible for the district's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policy and the Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan. The Chancellor has appointed the ELR Director to be responsible for the implementation and administration of the Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.
The Governing Board, the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Administrators, Directors and Managers shall promote the desired attitude toward this safety and health regulation by insisting that their staff comply with rules and practices, and themselves promote positive attitudes toward OSHA compliance.
Employees who may have occupational exposure as healthcare professionals and employees whose job duties include potential for exposure to blood and body fluids, shall be knowledgeable about the contents of this document and the appropriate safe work practices necessary to avoid exposure. Questions regarding the blood borne pathogens or the contents of this plan should be directed to the ELR Director .
It shall be the responsibility of the ELR Director to:
determine, maintain, and update the CPR and First Aid Certification for all designated employees;
review the district's blood borne pathogen exposure control efforts and practices and report the effectiveness of each effort to the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and Administrative Services annually;
coordinate and act as the key representative for outside inspection of district site(s) by insurance carriers, federal, state, and local agencies.
It shall be the responsibility of the ELR Director to conduct facility audits to assess exposure control compliance.
The ELR Director shall coordinate, implement and monitor the training, medical testing, vaccinations, post-exposure evaluation and follow-up, post-exposure prophylaxis, and recordkeeping required annually to ensure Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District compliance in accordance with blood borne pathogens exposure control standards.
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Exposure Control Plan will be reviewed and updated annually by the ELR Director and, whenever necessary, will reflect new or modified tasks and procedures which affect occupational exposure.
The ELR Director will review this plan annually to revise employee positions with assignments which include potential occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens.