This is to establish the policy of the Town of Sebago for managing infectious disease issues as they relate to employees and/or prospective employees including but not limited to the following diseases: AIDS, Chickenpox, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Impetigo, Measles, Mumps, and Parasitic Infestations. Any employee or volunteer who could or does come into contact with bodily fluids while performing his/her job as a Town employee or volunteer, should immediately refer to the Town of Sebago Exposure Control Plan. Copies of the Exposure Control Plan are available in the Town Manager’s office, as well as in the Fire and Public Works Departments.
A. It is the policy of the Town to assure to the extent possible a safe and healthful work environment.
B. It is also the policy of the Town to ensure full compliance with state, federal, and local requirements dealing with infectious diseases.
C. Town procedures shall comply with the Center for Disease Control recommendations for specific infectious diseases. These recommendations will be available through the employee’s department head.
D. It is the obligation of all Town employees to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, co-workers, clients and the public from infectious diseases.
E. The Town of Sebago shall make available to all employees and volunteers who have occupational exposure the Hepatitis B vaccination series and post exposure evaluation and follow-up. Refer to the Town of Sebago Exposure Control Plan for detailed information on necessary procedures to follow.
A. The Town will not discriminate against employees and/or prospective employees with infectious diseases who are otherwise qualified to perform their job functions with reasonable accommodation. Employees with infectious diseases will be treated under existing policies, state, federal, and local requirements.
B. Where allowed by law, the Town retains the right to test employees for infectious diseases.
C. The Town must maintain confidentiality regarding an employee’s health status, and does not have a duty to inform other individuals or organizations unless required by law.
D. Upon medical confirmation of an infectious disease that may be a threat to the public health, the affected employee has the responsibility to notify the Town Manager and to carry out his/her assigned duties if reasonable accommodations can be made.
E. Upon notification by an employee that an infectious disease diagnosis has been confirmed and is a threat to the public health, the Town Manager will:
1. Secure, if possible, all appropriate releases for information from the employee and notify those individuals for whom those releases have been acquired.
2. Assist in the identification of reasonable accommodations to be made, if any.
3. Assist individual departments, if necessary, in complying with this policy.
F. The Town will treat all occupational infectious disease injuries or illnesses according to state law.
G. The Town will provide appropriate educational opportunities and current informational material on infectious disease issues, including prevention, protection, control measures, and treatment practices.
H. Individual departments have the right to develop protocols regarding infectious disease control provided that those protocols conform to this policy.
I. An employee cannot refuse to carry out his/her assigned duties when dealing with a co-worker or the public with an infectious disease unless that individual makes a threat of harm to the employee. Failure to adhere to this procedure will result in disciplinary action.
III. Accidental Needle Stick Procedure.
Fire and rescue personnel have the highest risk of exposure to needles and syringes. Exposure to a used, contaminated needle places an employee at risk for contracting an infectious disease. In the event of an accidental puncture with a contaminated needle, the procedure is as follows:
A. Wash the puncture site thoroughly with soap/disinfectant and water.
B. Report the incident to your supervisor.
C. Fire or rescue personnel must notify the medical facility receiving the patient of the incident.
D. Complete Incident and/or Workers Compensation forms.
E. Establish your potential exposure risk to infectious diseases.
F. Notify your department head to establish your: (1) tetanus status, (2) Hepatitis B status, and (3) HIV exposure.
G. Seek further medical attention if necessary.
IV. Procedure for Exposure to AIDS Infection.
If a Town employee is exposed to the blood or body fluid of a known or highly suspected AIDS- infected person:
A. Wash the exposed areas thoroughly with soap and water. Clean any spills with a one (1) part bleach to ten (10) parts water solution.
B. Report the incident to your supervisor.
C. Complete the Incident and Workers Compensation forms.
D. Notify your department head as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a voluntary blood test.
E. The blood test will be drawn within two weeks of the incident, six months later, and nine months later. The blood test is sent to the Maine Public Health Division in Augusta. Results are received approximately one week later.
You will be notified of the test results.
F. If all three specimens are negative, you are considered not to be infected.
G. Counseling occurs with each visit or when requested, and is also available to family members and co-workers.
H. Emotional counseling is available through a counselor of the employee’s choice and will be provided by the Town of Sebago through the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust.
I. Strict confidence will be maintained in all incidences unless appropriate medical and/or information releases have been obtained.