Eddie Evans - Essays
Eddie Evans offers essays for light the path to understanding science, eoclogy, and humanity's part in knowingly destroying its own habitat. Some interesting facts appear from time-to-time, and with some perseverance, readers will find a common theme. Eddie's writing has an ecological bias while species diversity appears to take a back seat to climate issues, like climate security. Eddie has misgivings about this phrase, "climate security," because it has a clear bias for homo sapiens survival without a clear regard for species diversity in today's media. Yet, somewhere in the issue of climate security we find Eddie Evans taking up Mother Earth's babies welfare while pointing to the general political and religious wars on science, ecology included.
A California crime scene cleanup company employer must have an understanding of state requirements for employee protection as well as protection of the public from blood cleanup issues.
Such important to have questions to ask as any critical thinker would ask. For example, what industries might not fall under the state blood-borne pathogen handling rules?
The state standards supplies to any employee involved in working with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPN). But, construction workers are exempt from this regulation as our maritime workers. Maritime workers are employees involved in seagoing vessels or harbor related employment. Agricultural workers are also exempt from the blood-borne pathogen requirements.
In recent years the spread of Ezekiel virus and Ebola virus have come to the attention of many professional crime scene cleanup company owners. Most crime scene cleanup companies will not have the wherewithal to handle cleaning after and Ebola infected environment. A huge amount of money for insurance carriers requires that the crime scene cleanup company have tens of thousands of dollars available to cover expenses. Plus, a crime scene cleanup company involved in a bola cleanup, for example, must have enough employees to do the cleaning in a reasonable amount of time in the safest possible manner.
A crime scene cleanup company owner will know before hand that his or her employees fall under the state-mandated rear rule for occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
Question. Some employers may need to ask themselves, which of my employees fall under this relationship to the states blood-borne pathogen training requirement?
For the purposes of California OSHA, an employee is a person who is directed or controlled by the employer. It should be simple enough for most people to understand. For example, if I am an employer, anyone who works with me on a project under my control or direction, is an employee. Hence for crime scene cleanup company owner, such employees must have blood-borne pathogen training and handle promising materials according to California state standards.
Question. Are volunteers likely to be covered by this standard and if so under what conditions?
In 1973 the occupational safety and health act did not apply to nonemployees. So volunteers as found in medical or nursing environments as well as student Laborde Terrien's, and others do not fall under this guideline. This would include occupational or respiratory therapist as well as well as other non-employees who work in a healthcare environment.
What other sorts of volunteers would fall under this regulation or the lack of the regulation in the volunteer environment question anyone visiting a local hospital will sometimes find volunteers in the lobby giving directions to visitors. Usually these volunteers are elderly ladies filling in the hours of their day because they been widowed or whatever. They enjoy wearing their tiny little uniforms and give meaningful and helpful directions to family members visiting their kinfolk in the hospital.
However, whenever a "employment" relationship may arise, signs to look for our task perform, coverage of a worker by the California state workers compensation program, as well as employment insurance benefits given by the state of California.
Question. And what type of facilities should we expect blood cleanup operations to cause occupational exposure?
Here's a list of those operating employees whose job duties place them in a reasonably expected contact with blood. Possibilities of I contamination, contamination by the skin, and other mucous membranes give a potential contact with blood or OPIM.
- Blood intensive operations like those found in surgery or emergency room;
- hemodialysis operation;
- blood banks where blood is gathered from blood donators, but with some exceptions for volunteer organizations;
- business ran plasma center;
- even commercial laundries that service self-care public safety facilities fall under this requirement;
- criminal justice centers like jails and prisons fall under this finding;
- emergency and public safety operations such as:
- ambulance businesses;
- emergency first day businesses;
- fire department services;
- emergency medical businesses;
- lifeguard services
- paramedic workers;
- police officers
- Buildings for the developmentally disabled
- ;funeral homes;
- dental offices;
- hospice businesses;
- industrial clinic;
- health care businesses for homes;
- medical laboratories;
- long-term facilities for nursing and care;
- nurse practitioner offices;
- Dr. offices;
- outpatient medical offices;
- medical equipment service and repair operators;
- regulated waste operators building;
- school-based health clinic;
- tissue bank operators
Which are the questions would apply to regulation of clinical or diagnostic laboratories?
Answer to these questions will apply to those facilities that are engaged in the analysis of blood, tissues, and organs. Rules will not fall within the subsection (E) of the regulation that applied to HIV and HBV research laboratories and production facilities. For those operations involved in the culture, production, concentration and experimentation with HIV and HBV, manipulation of products will cause these operators to fall within the regulations.
Question arises, our academic settings laboratories included in a definition of a research laboratory under the California State standards for blood-borne pathogen handling?
An answer would apply to academic research laboratories that are included in a definition of a research laboratory under section (E) of the standard. So a research laboratory will produce or at least cause research to happen on a scale involving HIV and HBV research. These laboratories may not have the volume found in a production facility, still though, they deal with solutions containing higher old viral titers than those we would expect to find on any one crime scene cleanup blood work.
The big question rises with independent contractors, such as healthcare practitioners. Healthcare practitioners working as independent contractors are not covered as employees under the labor code. And therefore, are not covered by the protections of the standard. Still, if an independent contractor like a physician or Dennis were to create a hazard, and employees are exposed, then the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies would become invoked. Employees exposed due to a failure of their employer fall under the protections of the blood-borne pathogen standard. How could it be otherwise? So, the message to private contractors is be careful because those employees present who are not your employees are still covered by the standard.