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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
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- Summer '11