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Achieving OSHA sharps safety compliance

August 02, 2011
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WASHINGTON — More than half of non-hospital health care settings are in violation of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) law, according to a press release.

As integrated distribution networks and hospitals acquire these "alternate care" facilities, they also become at risk of non-compliance, the release stated.

According to the release, due to a steady migration of health care from the hospital to non-hospital settings, more than 60 percent of health care workers are employed in non-hospital settings.

Despite the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act being enacted more than 10 years ago, along with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard mandating that safety engineered needles and syringes be used, there are still substantial gaps in adoption of these of safety engineered products in the non-hospital settings, the release noted.

OSHA can help educate and bring these facilities into compliance, protect health care workers from needlestick injury and exposure to bloodborne pathogens, protect an employer from citation and fines and protect the company’s reputation, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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