Q&A: More on not removing safety needles

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 30, 2010

Q: I understand from a previous Q&A not to remove contaminated needles, but that doesn’t apply to safety needles, right?

A: According to section (d)(2)(vii) of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard, OSHA does not want any contaminated needles “bent, recapped, or removed,” unless there is a medical necessity. And that also means documenting it in your exposure control plan.

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