Health Care Personnel (HCP) Law and Legal Definition

Health care personnel (HCP) are persons who have special education on health care and who are directly related to provision of health care services. HCP includes all paid and unpaid persons working in health-care settings. They are persons who have the potential to get themselves exposed to patients and infectious materials such as contaminated medical supplies, contaminated equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, and contaminated air. Physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, technicians, emergency medical service personnel, dental personnel, pharmacists, laboratory personnel, autopsy personnel, students, trainees, and contractual staff not employed with health-care facility will fall under HCP category. Persons not directly involved in patient care such as clerical, dietary, house-keeping, laundry, security, maintenance, billing, and volunteers, but who are potentially exposed to infectious diseases also fall under the category of HCP.