Safer needles in the European Union

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Intravenous news: The Nursing Times report “UK hospitals will have to introduce self-resheathing needles under European Union health and safety legislation on reducing needlestick injuries. A landmark agreement on the safer use of needles to prevent injury among hospital staff was set to be announced on 9 June at the European Public Services Unions annual congress in Brussels, Belgium.

The agreement has been made between the European Public Services Unions which represents the majority of health trade unions across the EU including Unison, the RCN and the RCM and Hospeem which represents hospitals and healthcare employers across Europe, including the NHS Confederation.

It is expected to become EU health and safety legislation before the end of the year. As a result, hospitals across the EU will soon be legally obliged to take action to prevent needlestick injuries to their staff”.

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