Q&A: Clean needlesticks

OSHA Healthcare Connection, October 13, 2009

Q: If an employee gets stuck with a non-contaminated needle, does OSHA view it as an exposure incident?

A: No, the bloodborne pathogens standard applies only to contaminated needles and sharps. For more on this question see “Ask the expert: Sticks with non-contaminated needles” on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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