Disposal systems for sharps were designed and widely

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: It adopted the concept of universal precautions, and required the employer to make available personal protective equipment, such as gowns, gloves, face shields, and other barriers to fluids. Disposal systems for sharps were designed and widely dispersed. Hepatitis B vaccine was made available to all employees who may be exposed to blood and body fluid exposures, as well as post-exposure testing and prophylaxis. Training in exposure prevention was required, and advisories about practice changes were issued, such as avoidance of recapping or bending of needles. During the first ten years, OSHA intended to reduce the number of injuries that health care workers received from needles and other sharp medical objects. The agency issued and revised compliance directives (guidance to be used in the field) to reflect newer and safer technologies, and to increase the employer’s responsibility to evaluate and use effective, safer technologies. The agency also proposed a requirement in recordkeeping that would have collected all needlestick injuries. In spite of these directives and the in...
View Full Document

This document was uploaded on 02/27/2014 for the course ENGLISH 101 at Montgomery College.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online