|Title:||Policy for Health Care Workers known to be Infected with Blood-borne Viruses|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0394/12|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 10 October 2012|
|Description:||The purpose of this operational directive is to provide the Western Australian Department of Healthís policy to minimise the risk of transmission of a BBV from a HCW to a patient/client, a framework for managing and supporting HCWs with BBV infections and remind all HCWs of the need to be aware of their BBV status and risk, and to seek voluntary serological testing on a basis relative to their risk.|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 26 September 2012 to 26 September 2017|
|Review date:||26 September 2017|
|Authorised by:||Mr Kim Snowball, Director General, Department of Health WA, 04-Oct-2012|
|Print version:||View print version|
Policy for Health Care Workers known to be Infected with Blood-borne Viruses
Health care workers (HCWs) are expected to protect the health and safety of their patients. This obligation includes preventing transmission of blood-borne viruses (BBVs) from themselves to their patients. All HCWs should have access to regular confidential testing and appropriate treatment and management for BBVs, and HCWs who perform exposure-prone procedures (EPPs) should be encouraged and supported to undergo regular testing for BBVs. While the protection of the public’s health is paramount, employers of HCWs must also consider, and comply with, relevant anti-discrimination, privacy, industrial relations and equal employment opportunity legislation.
HCWs and their employers should follow this Operational Directive and be aware of the potential impact of the
The Communicable Disease Control Directorate is responsible for convening an Expert Advisory Committee, if required, to assist in implementing this Operational Directive.
The Department of Health, Western Australia, endorses all recommendations of the Department of Health and Ageing’s Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Workers known to be Infected with Blood-Borne Viruses, 2012 (see Appendix).
3. RELATED POLICIES
4. RELATED LEGISLATION
WA Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984
Health Act 1911
Mr Kim Snowball
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 11:07am