E-12 Sharps Exposure/Bloodborne Pathogens Policy (2015)

Policy Number: E-12

Policy Category: Dental School Admin Policies and Student Government

The American Student Dental Association encourages all dental schools to provide a transparent and comprehensive Sharps Exposure/Bloodborne Pathogens policy including, but not limited to:

  1. A definition of exposure;
  2. A procedure to follow in case of exposure including, but not limited to:
    1. An appropriate timeframe to complete post-exposure assessment
    2. What the student should do during business hours, after-hours and/or at an off-site location
    3. Locations and protocol to obtain post-exposure assessment and follow up care;
  3. Administrative contact information, including an after-hours number;
  4. Whether the school will cover the costs of blood draw and/or antiretroviral therapy for the student, the amount covered, and how to apply for the coverage;
  5. An annual review of the policy at the start of each academic year.