Sharps safety compliance: Staying on the right side of the law

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Intravenous literature: Infection Control Today have published and online article by Pyrek, K.M. (2012). Extract… “Despite legislation, regulation and stepped-up oversight and education campaigns by public and private sectors, needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries persist, although with variance in the rates depending on the healthcare setting. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard outlines what employers must do to protect workers who are occupationally exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), and on Nov. 6, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law the bloodborne pathogens standard (BBP) by way of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. This federal law requires the use of standard precautions to any setting where occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials occurs. It mandated that the 1991 Bloodborne Pathogens Standard be revised to strengthen the requirements related to the use of safety-engineered sharps devices.”

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