PA-ASE 8 - Special Health Precautions*
The agency maintains a safe and hygenic environment.
The agency complies with applicable legal and regulatory requirements regarding risk of exposure to contagious and infectious disease.
Update: Revised Standard, Revised Interpretation, Added NA - 06/01/10
PA-ASE 8.01 Original Standard and Interpretation:
The agency minimizes the risk of exposure to contagious and infectious disease by:
Interpretation: This standard applies to all agencies regardless of the types of services they provide or the populations they serve. All agencies, even those that do not serve persons in their offices, may have in their employ persons who have been exposed to airborne or blood-borne pathogens. As such, agencies must comply with health standards. The agency should retain medical records related to exposure to contagious and infectious diseases.
related PA-RPM 2.01
Interpretation: COA recommends that agencies consult with local health authorities or a qualified professional about how to minimize the risk of contagious and infectious diseases to the agency's personnel and persons served, which may include voluntary adherence to CDC guidelines and training program staff on the use of universal precautions.
NA The agency is not governed by any legal or regulatory requirements associated with risk of exposure to contagious and infectious disease.
Interpretation: Local and state public health authorities should be an agency's primary source of information when determining if there is a need to implement a targeted testing program among its staff. Local public health authorities have access to epidemiological data analysis, guidance from national authorities, and local rates of TB infection, which will help agencies assess the risk for TB. Agencies should consult annually with their local health department for any new information or changes in the local population that might affect the risk of TB.
NA The agency does not serve high risk groups and is not required by law to conduct TB testing.