provide a comprehensive infection control system that maximizes protection
against communicable diseases for all members and for the public that
policy applies to all members, career and volunteer, providing fire, rescue
or emergency medical services.
This department recognizes that communicable disease exposure is an
occupational health hazard. Communicable
disease transmission is possible during any aspect of emergency response,
including in-station operations. The
health and welfare of each member is a joint concern of the member, the
chain of command and the department. Although
each member is ultimately responsible for his or her own health, the department
recognizes a responsibility to provide as safe a workplace as possible.
of this program is to provide all members with the best available protection
from occupationally acquired communicable disease.
It is the policy of this department to:
Provide fire, rescue
and emergency medical services to the public without regard to known or
suspected diagnoses of communicable disease in any patient.
Regard all patient
contacts as potentially infectious. Universal
precautions will be observed at all times and will be expanded to include
all body fluids and other potentially infectious material (body substance
Provide all members
with the necessary training, immunizations and personal protective equipment
(PPE) needed for protection from communicable diseases.
Recognize the need
for work restrictions based on infection control concerns.
in member assistance and critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) programs.
of any member for health reasons, including infection or serocon-version,
or both with HIV<HBV, or HCV virus.
Regard all medical
information as strictly confidential. No
member health information will be released without the signed written
consent of the member.
1581 Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, 2000 Edition,
Appendix A, pg. 15