Since passage of the federal needlestick safety and

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Unformatted text preview: stick injuries. State needlestick legislation passed prior to the federal act strengthens the OSHA standards that may exist in state OSHA plans, and further strengthens programs in two states that are covered by federal OSHA standards. Since passage of the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in 2000 some states continued to introduce and pass legislation to strengthen needlestick protections. As of June 2002, 21 states have needlestick legislation. Those without state OSHA plans have introduced legislation to cover state and municipal employees who are not covered by the federal Act. States with state OSHA plans have introduced legislation to strengthen the standard with additional requirements. For example, legislation in Hawaii requires employers to record information related to needlestick injuries in addition to that required by federal law, and a law in Alaska requires a needlestick committee comprised of at least 50% frontline health care workers from all units and all specialties. Another law in Nevada illustrates the merit of additional protections. Passed in 2002, Nevada now provides “presumptive” eligibility coverage...
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