SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 70H the following 2 sections:-
Section 70I. No health care provider who is licensed or registered pursuant to chapter 112 shall obtain a license or registration or renewal of said license or registration unless the health care provider has demonstrated that the health care provider has received appropriate training and continuing education on HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, the diagnosis and treatment of HIV disease and infection control and universal precautions.
SECTION 70J. (a) Every health care facility and every agency or department of the commonwealth or subdivision of the commonwealth which has care or custody responsibilities shall provide training to appropriate staff as to the rights, counseling and care of persons diagnosed with HIV or AIDS and on implementation of infection control and universal precautions.
(b) Every vendor who receives 50 per cent or more of its operating budget through state contracts for the provision of health care, social or mental health services shall implement plans and provide training and continuing education to staff on HIV/AIDS, including basic information on medical and psychosocial issues related to HIV/AIDS, legal issues affecting individuals with HIV/AIDS and infection control and universal precautions.
(c) The department shall develop regulations to implement this section, including requirements governing the persons to be trained and the content and frequency of the training.
SECTION 2. Chapter 111C of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 26. HIV and AIDS Education and Training. (a) The department, in consultation with the executive office of public safety and security, shall within 60 days develop educational materials and a training curriculum for: EMS first responders, ambulance operators and attendants, emergency medical technicians, emergency paramedics, correction officers and court officers on reducing the risk of transmission of HIV through unprotected exposure. The information and education shall include rights, counseling and care of persons living with HIV or AIDS, routes of transmission, universal precautions, infection control, possible types of exposure and the relative risk associated with each type, current law and regulations on the use of an unprotected exposure trip form or incident report and recommendations for action following an unprotected exposure capable of transmitting a blood borne disease such as HIV.
Employers shall ensure that all EMS first responders, ambulance operators and attendants, emergency medical technicians, emergency paramedics, correction officers and court officers receive such training pursuant to the guidelines of the department. Employers shall make available paid leave for all employees that attend such training. The department shall make available training, equipment and materials to persons responsible for providing the training to all EMS first responders, ambulance operators and attendants, emergency medical technicians, emergency paramedics, correction officers and court officers.
(b) Employers of EMS first responders, ambulance operators and attendants, emergency medical technicians, emergency paramedics, correction officers and court officers shall develop and implement trainings on and policies for the use of appropriate universal precautions and shall provide at no charge the necessary infection control equipment and materials, including, but not limited to, gloves, gowns, masks, mouthpieces, protective eyewear and resuscitation masks. The equipment and materials shall be made available in adequate supply and in clean working order. The equipment and materials shall be carried on appropriate state, county and municipal vehicles pursuant to the guidelines of the department.
Employers shall reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous or infectious medical or biological wastes by complying with department regulations for the storage and disposal of such wastes.
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