Iowa Schools Bloodborne Pathogen Guidance (January 2018 School Leader Update)
The Iowa Department of Education collaborated with the Iowa-OSHA Division of Labor, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Bureau of Immunization and IDPH Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology to update the Iowa Schools Bloodborne Pathogen Guidance. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Act Standard requires Iowa schools and education agencies, as employers, to develop an occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens program. The program includes written policy and plan guidelines for employees. The school works with local health agencies, health providers, non-managerial school staff, and school personnel in developing the program and educating personnel, families, students, and the community to prevent potential exposures (United States Code 29 U.S.C. 661 et seq. Occupational Safety and Health Act and U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 29 CFR 1910.1030). Links to the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) and US Department of Labor are located throughout the document.
If you have additional questions related to Bloodborne Pathogen training, Hepatitis B vaccination requirements, universal precautions, planning or policies for school employees, contact Iowa-OSHA senior industrial hygienists: Alma Márquez at 515-725-5667, Joanna Wilson at 515-725-5653, Tong Khamma at 515-725-5655 and David Phillips at 515-725-5650.
If you have questions related to immunizations, contact Don Callaghan, IDPH Bureau Chief of Immunization and Tuberculosis at 515-281-7301. If you have questions related to reportable communicable diseases, contact Rob Ramaekers, IDPH Surveillance Unit Lead Epidemiologist/Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Coordinator, at 515-725-1094.