Safety

Needlesticks law accounts for drop in injuries

OSHA Healthcare Connection, February 21, 2012

Law and order has led to a decrease in needlestick injuries among hospital workers.

A multihospital sharps-injury database maintained by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia shows a 38% decline in percutaneous injuries since passage of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act on November 6, 2000 and stronger enforcement by OSHA, according to "Percutaneous Injuries before and after the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act,” appearing in the correspondence section of the of the New England Journal of Medicine, February 16.

Read more about the effect of effect of the effect of Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.
 

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