General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 4/18/2014
Title 1 - Department Administration
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 06/19/2013
This policy outlines safe work practices against communicable diseases, in accordance with the requirements of WAC 296-823 Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens and OSHA Directive CPL 2-2.69.
Officers may contact the Harborview Medical Center triage desk at (206) 731-3074, ext. 3, or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at (800) 232-4636, ext. 134, to discuss potential exposure incidents and to assist in making the decision to initiate post-exposure follow-up procedures.
Officers may consult the CDC for up-to-date information on bloodborne pathogens, including infectious diseases and West Nile virus.
The Employment Services Lieutenant may be reached at (206) 684-5466.
The packet contains detailed instructions for exposed officers and their sergeants. All applicable forms must be completed and the packet must be sealed and submitted to the Employee Services Lieutenant by the end of the shift, if feasible.
A Department reportable exposure incident is the direct exchange of blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) from a source subject to an officer. The following exposures are considered non-reportable:
- Exposure to blood or OPIM on intact skin
- Blood or OPIM on clothing or equipment
- Being present in the same room as an infected subject
- Touching or talking to an infected subject
PPE will be considered appropriate when it is designed to deter blood or OPIM from passing through or reaching the officer’s clothing, footwear, skin, eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes under normal conditions of use and for the duration of time which the PPE is used.
- Nitrile gloves
- Eye protection
- Surgical face masks
- Fluid-shield masks
- Disposable foot coverings
- Rubber boots
a. Officers Will Check Their Patrol Vehicles at the Beginning of Each Shift to Make Sure That They Have Biohazard Kits That Contain PPE
Officers will report incomplete kits to the stationmaster for restocking.
Officers shall contact Red Carpet Building Maintenance at (206) 362-3650 to arrange for decontamination.
Exception: The Evidence Unit may accept syringes only in cases of homicide or assault where the syringe has been used as a weapon. See SPD Evidence Packaging/Submission Guide.