Management of Occupational Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids in the Healthcare Setting

Applicable to: All healthcare workers involved in the delivery of care

Description: The purpose of this document is to ensure that WA Health meets it’s legal, ethical and moral obligations relating to the management of Health Care Workers (HCWs) who are exposed to another person’s blood or body fluids in the course of their work. It provides guidance on the management of occupational exposures and describes the mandatory requirements to ensure the HCW is managed appropriately to minimise the risk of blood borne virus (BBV) acquisition and in accordance with current evidence-informed protocols.

Management of Occupational Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids in the Healthcare Setting

Compliance with this Operational Directive is mandatory for all public hospitals and those licensed private healthcare facilities contracted to provide services to public patients.

Compliance with this Operational Directive supports the requirements of Standard 3 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

The purpose of this document is to ensure that WA Health meets its legal, ethical and moral obligations relating to the management of health care workers (HCWs) who are exposed to another person’s blood or body fluids in the course of their work.  It provides guidance on the management of occupational exposures and describes the mandatory requirements to ensure the HCW is managed appropriately to minimise the risk of blood‑borne virus (BBV) acquisition and in accordance with current evidence-informed protocols.


Dr David Russell-Weisz
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 18 December 2015 to 18 December 2020

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