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Blood Donation Leave

The Kentucky Safety Program and the Personnel Cabinet are pleased to sponsor blood drives throughout the year for the Kentucky Blood Center.  Read more in the Employee Handbook.

2019 Blood Donation Opportunities

January 18, March 15, May 10, July 12, September 20, and November 22

Know Before You Go

          • Employees can receive four hours of leave time with pay for donating and recuperating from donating blood.
          • The donation must occur during an employee's scheduled work day, and does not include the lunch period.
          • Leave time should be taken at the time of donation unless circumstances, as specified by the supervisor, require the donor to return to work. In this case, the unused portion of leave time will be credited as compensatory time.
          • Agencies should notify their employees of individual blood donation policies.
          • Donations can be made at any licensed blood center certified by the Food and Drug Administration.
          • Prior supervisory approval is needed as well as verification after the blood donation.
          • Employees deferred from donating shall not be charged for the time used in attempting to donate, but will not receive the four hours leave time as those who donate.
          • For questions regarding the blood donation policy, contact the Office of Employee Relations at 502.564.9653  

For questions about donating blood, contact

The Kentucky Blood Center, at 800.775.2522.
Appointments to donate during the Blood Center events may be scheduled through the Blood Center’s website at www.kybloodcenter.org.   

Did you know......

You can earn up to 300 points a year from donating blood as a Kentucky Employees' Health Plan (KEHP) member. Log on to Go365 at http://LivingWell.ky.gov to learn how.