COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

HB 2183 (aka the Chy Miller Bill or Communicable Disease Bill) became law in Kansas in 2013.  Governor Sam Brownback put pen to the legislation authorizing the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) to move ahead with the adoption of rules and regulations to deal with the work related exposure of health care workers regarding infectious and contagious diseases.

The EMS community in Kansas is engaged with KDHE regarding the crafting of rules and regulations, which will better protect EMS personnel, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and other health care workers regarding the potential of becoming infected with a contagious disease due to an exposure while working.

Read more about The Journey of HB 2183 from the KEMSA Chronicle here.

The links below are for informational purposes and are to be used as resources.  These links have been compiled by KEMSA, members of KDHE, and others working to provide information about this law.  The resources below are not endorsed by KEMSA, and KEMSA cannot guarantee the links to resources will be working at all times.  Please use the resources as you see fit.  Contact KEMSA with any questions or concerns about these resources or resources that should be added –mary@kemsa.org.

RESOURCES

Communicable Disease Regulations - Page 309

Kansas Adopts New Administrative Regulation to Improve Worker Protection against Infectious Diseases on the Job
KEMSA Chronicle, Fall 2014 - By D. Charles Hunt, MPH, State Epidemiologist and Director, Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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