Sharps Safety

Reflections for the 15th Anniversary of the Revised OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

December 5, 2016

It has been 15 years since OSHA promulgated its 2001 updated Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to include additional requirements from the 2000 Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. It is important to remind ourselves that this was the first and only Act passed unanimously by Congress into Law.  In such heated political times with a new Presidency looming in January, we reflect to a time a decade and a half ago that we all agreed that preventing injuries from contaminated sharps was something that brought us all together in solidarity.

Using Safer Devices, Following Hierarchy of Controls Can Cut Sharps Injuries

May 7, 2016

Occupational exposure to blood and body fluids (BBF) is a serious – even deadly -- hazard faced daily by many healthcare personnel. Percutaneous injuries from sharps, a well-known vehicle of bloodborne disease, contribute heavily to this important public health issue. In fact, an estimated 35 million workers worldwide are at risk of exposure to pathogens from sharps injuries sustained in a variety of healthcare settings and scenarios. Such exposures, although preventable, are often regarded as “just part of the job.”