Town of Standish, ME
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Standish 11-13-1990 as Order No. 126-90. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 27-1 Purpose.

[Amended 2-12-2008 by Order No. 158-07]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish the policy of the Town of Standish for managing infectious disease issues as they relate to employees, volunteers and/or prospective employees, including but not limited to the following diseases: HIV, chicken pox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, impetigo, measles, mumps. pertussis and parasitic infections.

§ 27-2 General policy.

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 Town Office.
D. 
It is the obligation of all town employees/volunteers to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves, coworkers, clients and the public from infectious diseases.

§ 27-3 General procedures.

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 and collective bargaining agreements.
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 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.
[Amended 2-12-2008 by Order No. 158-07]
E. 
Upon notification by an employee that an infectious disease diagnosis has been confirmed which is a threat to the public health, the Town Manger will:
[Amended 2-12-2008 by Order No. 158-07]
(1) 
Secure, if possible, all appropriate releases for information from the employee and notify, in writing, 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 for its employees appropriate educational opportunities and current informational material on infectious disease issues, including but not limited to prevention, protection, control measures and treatment practices.
H. 
[1]Failure to adhere to this chapter will result in discipline as designated in accordance with Town administrative regulations.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection H., which provided for the right of individual departments to develop protocols regarding infectious disease control, was repealed 2-12-2008 by Order No. 158-07. Said order also provided for the redesignation of former Subsection I as Subsection H.

§ 27-4 Accidental needle stick procedure.

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/superior.
C. 
Rescue personnel must notify the medical facility receiving the patient of the incident.
D. 
Complete incident and/or worker's compensation form.
E. 
Establish your potential exposure risk to infectious disease.
F. 
Notify your supervisor/superior and present/establish your tetanus status, hepatitis B status and HIV exposure.
G. 
Seek further medical attention if necessary.

§ 27-5 HIV exposure procedure.

[Amended 2-12-2008 by Order No. 158-07]
If a Town employee is exposed to blood or body fluid:
A. 
The employee shall wash all exposed areas thoroughly with soap and water. Clean any spills with one part bleach to 10 parts water solution.
B. 
The employee shall report the incident to his/her supervisor/superior.
C. 
The employee shall complete an incident and/or worker's compensation form.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: An Exposure Report form is on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
D. 
The employee shall notify his/her physician as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a voluntary blood test.
(1) 
The blood test should be drawn within two weeks of the incident, six months later and nine months later. The blood test is sent to the Maine Bureau of Health in Augusta. Results are received approximately one week later. The employee will be notified by the doctor of the test results.
(2) 
If all three specimens are negative, the employee is considered not to be infected.
E. 
Counseling may occur with each visit or when requested and is also available to family members and coworkers.
F. 
Emotional counseling will be made available upon request.
G. 
Strict confidence will be maintained in all incidences unless appropriate medical and/or information releases have been obtained.