108.12.1 Preamble

The University of Alberta, through its Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures (Section 44, GFC Policy Manual), recognizes its duty to provide a work, study and living environment which is free from discrimination except where that discrimination can be shown to be reasonable and justifiable in the circumstances. That same policy and procedures commit the University to the provision of reasonable accommodation where such accommodation will lessen the impact of the discrimination. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

The University of Alberta also recognizes its duty to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens to/by individuals studying or working at this University. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

The policy which follows has been developed to ensure that the University acts in a manner consistent with these two collateral duties. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

This policy will limit the possibility of transmission of bloodborne pathogens within the educational setting. The University recognizes, however, that it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of infection. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

The policy is based on currently available knowledge and follows the most recent Health Canada, Infection Control Guidelines: Preventing the Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens in Health Care and Public Services Settings (May 1997). Revision of this policy may occur from time to time in the light of new scientific evidence. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)