Needlestick legislation in Canada

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A new proposal from the Ontario government will see the mandatory use of safety-engineered needles extended to home care, family medicine and ambulance services by 2010.

The announcement comes a month after safety-engineered needles became mandatory in hospitals across the province, following the August, 2007 passing of Ontario Regulation 474/07 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The regulation called for their use in hospitals by September 1, 2008, and in laboratories, specimen collection centres, psychiatric facilities and long-term care facilities by April 1, 2009.

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The announcement comes a month after safety-engineered needles became mandatory in hospitals across the province, following the August, 2007 passing of Ontario Regulation 474/07 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The regulation called for their use in hospitals by September 1, 2008, and in laboratories, specimen collection centres, psychiatric facilities and long-term care facilities by April 1, 2009.

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