Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act

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Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “Ten years ago this month President Bill Clinton signed into law the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA), designed to make more specific the requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that employers identify, evaluate and implement safer medical devices, especially addressing occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from accidental sharps injuries in healthcare and other occupational settings. The legislation, in this modification to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030), also mandated additional requirements for maintaining a sharps injury log and for the involvement of non-managerial healthcare workers in evaluating and choosing devices. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard applies to all employers who have employees with reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).”

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