HIV/AIDS Precautions - Correctional Institutions
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What precautions should I take when employed in correctional services?Back to top
Correctional service workers are at risk of infectious diseases including HIV infection and AIDS as people incarcerated in correctional facilities make up one of the highest risk populations groups for HIV infections and AIDS.
Identify high risk activities and procedures. Eliminate "blind" searches where you cannot see what your hands are touching. Use mirrors and other devices.
Follow Routine Practices where workers may become exposed to infectious microorganisms through contact with blood and body fluids.
Please also see the OSH Answers document HIV/AIDS in the Workplace for more information.
What personal protection should I use?Back to top
- if your hands have open sores
- when in contact with non-intact skin of inmates (i.e., the inmates have open sores)
- when in direct contact with blood, blood specimens, semen, tissue, body fluids, or blood soiled items
- when in contact with any surface or object visibly soiled with blood or body fluids
- when disposing of contaminated items
When an inmate becomes combative or threatening, gloves should be put on as soon as possible.
Wash your hands:
- after contacting blood or body fluids
- after cleaning up spills
- after handling contaminated items
- immediately after removing gloves and gown
What precautions should I take when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation?Back to top
- Use disposable mouthpieces or other resuscitation devices for CPR.
NOTE: Correctional service workers do not routinely wear masks and protective eye wear. This equipment should be available when needed.
- Fact sheet last revised: 2017-03-01