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241.33 Definitions.

Subdivision 1. Scope of definitions. For purposes of sections 241.33 to 241.342, the following terms have the meaning given them.

Subd. 2. Bloodborne pathogens. "Bloodborne pathogens" means pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Subd. 3. Correctional facility. "Correctional facility" means a state or local correctional facility.

Subd. 4. Corrections employee. "Corrections employee" means an employee of a state or local correctional agency.

Subd. 5. Inmate. "Inmate" means an individual who is in the custody or under the jurisdiction of the commissioner of corrections or a local correctional authority and is confined in a state or local correctional facility either before or after conviction.

Subd. 6. Significant exposure. "Significant exposure" means contact likely to transmit a bloodborne pathogen, in a manner supported by the most current guidelines and recommendations of the United States Public Health Service at the time an evaluation takes place, that includes:

(1) percutaneous injury, contact of mucous membrane or nonintact skin, or prolonged contact of intact skin; and

(2) contact, in a manner that may transmit a bloodborne pathogen, with blood, tissue, or potentially infectious body fluids.

HIST: 2000 c 422 s 27