Correctional Health Care Workers

Information for Managers – Lower Your Workers’ Chances of Exposure

Correctional Health Care Workers logoBy supporting your workers, you can help lower their chance of exposure:

  • As a manager or administrator, you must provide them with an updated and site-specific Exposure Control Plan . The plan must address proper training, work practices, equipment, and supplies for protection against exposures to blood and other body fluids*.1,3
  • As a manager or administrator, you should have a system in place to promote reporting, so that your workers will more likely report exposures to blood and other body fluids*.2
  • As a manager or administrator, you must ensure the use of safe work practices .1

* “Other body fluids” includes other potentially infectious material, such as semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal, synovial, pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and amniotic fluids, and any other body fluid that contains visible blood.

  1. (29 CFR Part 1910.1030) Bloodborne Pathogen StandardExternal. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  2. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 1998. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Health-Care Worker Exposure to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure prophylaxis. MMWR 47(RR-7);1-28
  3. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 2003. Model Plans and Programs for the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communications Standards.Cdc-pdfExternal
Page last reviewed: August 18, 2010 (archived document)