Public Safety Workers, i.e. emergency medical service employees, paramedics, firefighters, correctional officers or law enforcement officers, who receive a bona fide exposure to a reportable disease in the course of employment or volunteer service may request that the Health Authority order the testing of the source person who may have exposed the PSW.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Public Safety Worker Exposure
What should I do if I’ve been exposed to a communicable disease?
PSWs should seek immediate medical attention after an exposure and follow the post-exposure recommendations.
Who will notify my employer of the exposure?
All licensed medical facilities are required to notify the local health authority when a PSW has been exposed. Dallas County Health and Human Services will notify the director of the PSW’s employer.
Is this notification required?
Notification is required when exposure to Diphtheria, measles, pertussis, meningococcal infections, plague, rubella, Tuberculosis or viral hemorrhagic fever occurs during mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, throat exams, intubations and suctioning. It is also required when exposure to AIDS, HIV infection, malaria, plague, syphilis or hepatitis occurs by needle stick, penetrating puncture, splatter or aerosol into eye, nose or mouth or contamination of open wound.
What is the process for testing the source person?
DCHHS’ Communicable Disease Control division will begin the process after receiving the appropriate documentation from the PSW.
What documentation does DCHHS need?
If the source is taken to a medical facility, the Request to Test Source form (instructions included) must be completed by the PSW and left at the medical facility. (Completion of this form is not necessary if the source is not taken to a medical facility.) A notarized affidavit submitted by the PSW is also required. It may be faxed to 214-819-6095.
For more information, call 214-819-2004.