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Wyoming *The Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York plans cover public sector (state & local
government) employment only. California was the first state to pass needlestick legislation. In September 1998, AB 1208
became law, revising the state’s bloodborne pathogen standard. The state nurses
association, ANA/California, nurses unions, and other health care unions had been 15 working with state officials to convince them of the need for additional language
addressing the safety of devices. After legislation passed, there was a rush by hundreds
of facilities and manufacturers to implement the law by August 1999. In 2002 and 2003,
the California Department of Health Services conducted evaluations of injury rates,
record keeping, and evaluation practices subsequent to implementation of the law. Preand post-law safety device sales show dramatic changes in practices. Additional analysis
from those studies will also identify strategies for success, or barriers, to safer device
Between 1998 and 2001, 17 states passed legislation that addressed needle...
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