File No. 35023

This rule was published in the August 1, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 15) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing

Section R432-550-10

Personnel

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 35023
Filed: 07/11/2011 01:02:25 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of this amendment is to clarify and align the tuberculosis testing requirements for licensed health care facilities in Utah. The clarifications are in accordance with current law and will be consistent with all health facility rules. This amendment was approved by the Health Facilities Committee on 11/17/2010. This committee has representation from a broad cross section of the entities affected by this rule.

Summary of the rule or change:

This amendment will require employee tuberculosis testing to be completed within two weeks of hire, after suspected exposure or development of symptoms.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Title 26, Chapter 21

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This rule amendment will have no effect on state budgets since there will be no change in current practice.

local governments:

This rule amendment will have no effect on local government budgets since there will be no change in current practice.

small businesses:

This rule amendment will have no effect on small businesses since there will be no change in current practice.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This rule amendment will have no effect on persons since there will be no change in current practice.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

This rule amendment will have no effect on persons since there will be no change in current practice.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

Screening employees of health care facilities for tuberculosis is a justified fiscal cost to protect patients from being exposed to this deadly disease.

David Patton, PhD, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Health
Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing
288 N 1460 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3231

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Joel Hoffman at the above address, by phone at 801-538-6279, by FAX at 801-538-6024, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]
  • Carmen Richins at the above address, by phone at 801-538-9087, by FAX at 801-538-6024, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

08/31/2011

This rule may become effective on:

09/07/2011

Authorized by:

David Patton, Executive Director

RULE TEXT

R432. Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing.

R432-550. Birthing Centers.

R432-550-10. Personnel.

(1) The administrator shall employ a sufficient number of qualified professional and support staff who are competent to perform their respective duties, services and functions.

(2) The facility shall maintain written personnel policies and procedures which shall be available to personnel and shall address the following:

(a) content of personnel records;

(b) job descriptions, qualifications and validation of licensure or certificates of completion as appropriate for the position held;

(c) conditions of employment;

(d) management of employees.

(3) The facility shall maintain personnel records for employees and shall retain personnel records for terminated employees for a minimum of one year following termination of employment.

(4) The facility shall establish a personnel health program through written personnel health policies and procedures which shall protect the health and safety of personnel and patients commensurate with the services offered.

(5) An employee placement health evaluation shall include at a health inventory which shall be completed when an employee is hired. The health inventory shall obtain the employee's history of the following:

(a) conditions that predispose the employee to acquiring or transmitting infectious diseases;

(b) conditions which may prevent the employee from performing certain assigned duties satisfactorily.

(6) Employee health screening and immunization components of personnel health programs shall be developed in accordance with R386-702, Code of Communicable Disease Rules.

(7) Employee skin testing by the Mantoux method or other FDA approved in-vitro serologic test[shall be done annually or at the time of exposure] and follow-up for tuberculosis shall be done in accordance with R388-804, Special Measures for the Control of Tuberculosis.

(a) The licensee shall ensure that all employees are skin-tested for tuberculosis within two weeks of:

(i) initial hiring;

(ii) suspected exposure to a person with active tuberculosis; and

(iii) development of symptoms of tuberculosis.

(b) Skin testing shall be exempted for all employees with known positive reaction to skin tests.

(8) The birthing center shall provide staff development programs to include at least documented orientation for new staff and ongoing in-service training for personnel.

(a) Facility policy shall define an orientation program, standardized for employee categories of responsibility, and shall specify the time for completion.

(b) The in-service training program shall define the frequency and content of training to include:

(i) an annual review of facility policies and procedures;

(ii) infection control, personal hygiene and each employee's responsibility in the personnel health program.

(c) Personnel shall have ready access to the facility's policy and procedure manuals when on duty.

(9) Personnel shall maintain current licensing, certification or registration appropriate for the work performed and as required by the Utah Department of Commerce.

(a) Personnel shall provide evidence of current licensure, registration or certification to the Department upon request.

(b) Failure to ensure personnel are licensed, certified or registered may result in sanctions to the facility license.

 

KEY: health care facilities

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [September 15, 2010]2011

Notice of Continuation: December 13, 2010

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-21-5; 26-21-16

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Joel Hoffman at the above address, by phone at 801-538-6279, by FAX at 801-538-6024, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]; Carmen Richins at the above address, by phone at 801-538-9087, by FAX at 801-538-6024, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].