Unformatted text preview: lesticks, almost all contracts have some general
health and safety language. While your collective bargaining unit works toward
negotiating the language goals above, make sure you administer your current contract.
For example, if management is not sufficiently addressing needlestick prevention or not
involving union representatives in this process, consider filing a grievance through your
Evaluation, Selection, and Implementation:
Evaluating, selecting, and implementing safer devices are among the most important
tasks for the needlestick prevention committee since the federal Act expects health care
workers to be continuously and seriously involved in device evaluation and selection.
OSHA requires that institutions review their exposure control plan annually and evaluate
the effectiveness of the control measures, including safer needle devices. New devices
are entering the market at a rapid pace and even an annual evaluation could miss
opportunities for innovations that might reduce injuries. Not all devices are alike or
equally effective. Just because the manufacturer claims that a device...
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