Bloodborne Pathogen Control in Texas Schools
Texas public school districts are required to implement bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) School Health Program compiled the following information and resources. The goal is to assist public school districts to adopt and revise policies tin order to comply with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 81, Subchapter H (Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan) (§§ 81.301- 81.306) and the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 96 (Bloodborne Pathogen Control) (§§96.101, 96.201-96.203, 96.301-96.304, 96.401-96.402, 96.501).
Before contacting the DSHS School Health Program or Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Surveillance; please do the following:
- Read all documents accessible as links via this web site.
- Review the Bloodborne Pathogen Control in Texas Schools FAQs.
Resources for Training and Implementation of Exposure Control Plans
DSHS Audiovisual Library
The Audiovisual Library has videos and other resources to help with training school staff. Materials are available on a free loan (up to 10 days) basis to residents of the state of Texas.
Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday (except holidays)
Phone: 512-776-7260 | Toll free: 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7260
DSHS Infectious Disease Prevention Section (IDPS)
The Infectious Disease Prevention Section (IDPS) assists local and regional public health officials to investigate outbreaks of acute infectious disease or report isolated cases of rare or unusual disease. IDPS has information about the Texas Administrative Code and a sample Exposure Control Plan.
Mail Code: 1960
PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347
1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801, Austin, TX 78714
Phone: 512-776 -7676
Other Agencies with Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- United States Department of Education
- School district’s worker’s compensation insurance provider
- Local hospitals’ infection control departments