Universal Precautions & Infectious Disease

Introduction

TMS is committed to ensuring the safe-keeping of all persons served and staff.

Definition: Universal Precautions is the practice of stopping the spread of germs to others because 90% of the time we are unable to tell if someone is infected.  All human blood and certain body fluids are potentially infectious for: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis A, B and C and other blood borne pathogens. 

Purpose

Implementation of the following measures and procedures is required to uphold a safe and practical level of universal precautions.

All body fluids must be handled as if they are infectious.  

HIV and Hepatitis A, B and C can be found in blood, semen, vaginal secretion, feces and breast milk. Other body fluids such as urine, vomit, nasal secretion, sputum and saliva may contain infectious germs that cause other diseases.

TMS is committed to keeping up-to-date information on HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C available and accessible to all service recipients and employees. Questions or concerns may be directed to a supervisor or member of management.

Policy

At TMS we:

  • Ensure all staff and volunteers observe and adhere to the Universal Precautions for the prevention of infectious diseases procedures. 
  • Support the recommendations of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), to the fullest extent practical, in order to prevent and control infectious disease.
  • Require all TMS locations to maintain:
  1. Hazardous cleanup kits.
  2. Disposable gloves (also available in all TMS vehicles).
  3. Additional equipment/provisions such as hand sanitizer, hand wash, paper towels etc.  which potentially prevent the spread of germs or diseases.


TMS recognizes that we may provide services to individuals or employ persons or volunteers who live with an infectious or communicable disease. TMS’s primary responsibility is to ensure everyone is safe.  An individual receiving services, employee or volunteer will not be discriminated against solely as result of becoming infected with an infectious or communicable disease.  Infection will be treated like any other medical problem.

Knowledge of an individual's condition will not affect the delivery of services to that person.  Refusal to serve the person will be treated according to the same disciplinary process as refusing to fulfill any other employment obligation.