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Title 4 . Education and Early Development
Chapter 62 . (Repealed)
Section 445. Reducing the spread of disease

4 AAC 62.445. Reducing the spread of disease

(a) A child care facility shall take precautions to reduce risk against the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis A and B, giardia, and other contagious or infectious diseases. These precautions include

(1) seeking and complying with current medical and sanitation advice on contagious or infectious diseases;

(2) immediately cleaning and disinfecting any surface contaminated by body fluids, including saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, stools, injury discharges, and blood, and using universal precautions, including gloves, when cleaning contaminated areas; and

(3) training staff, if any, in universal precautions and in the prevention of contagious and infectious diseases.

(b) Caregivers and staff shall wash their hands for at least 10 seconds with soap and water and rinse them with water

(1) before food handling, preparation, serving, eating, or table setting;

(2) after toileting and assisting a child with toileting or diapering;

(3) after handling animals, animal waste, or animal cages;

(4) before and after giving medication;

(5) before and after participation in moist play, including painting, cooking, and molding clay; and

(6) whenever hands are contaminated with bodily fluids, including nose wiping.

(c) If standing water is used to rinse hands, the water must be fresh for each individual and may not be re-used.

(d) Caregivers shall encourage children to wash their hands at the times and in the manner specified in (b) and (c) of this section.

(e) In this section, "universal precautions" means the infectious control precautions that are recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be used to prevent the transmission of blood-borne germs such as human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus.

History: Eff. 1/1/96, Register 136; am 3/1/98, Register 145; am 10/4/2002, Register 163

Authority: AS 14.37.020


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