Q&A: Close encounters with sharps containers

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 1, 2011

Q: Are there guidelines for the distance a sharps container should be from where the sharp is used to meet OSHA’s accessibility requirement?

A: OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard does not give a specific distance for determining compliance, but Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, gives some guidance as to how a possible violation would be assessed by an OSHA inspector.

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