Needlestick legislation expansion

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Intravenous news: The Government of Ontario report “Ontario is increasing protection for health care workers by making the use of safety-engineered needles mandatory in additional workplaces, including doctors’ and dentists’ offices, community health centres, family health teams and independent health facilities.

Safety-engineered needles have been designed to eliminate or minimize the risk of needle punctures to the user. The use of safety-engineered needles will also be mandatory in other workplaces where health-related services are provided, including home care services, ambulance services, public health programs, health support services to students in schools, and health care/first aid services to workers or individuals in industrial and other workplaces.

The regulation will come into effect on July 1, 2010. This is the third phase of the government’s efforts to better protect workers from needlestick injuries as part of the Healthy Work Environments Initiative.”

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