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The work that led to the original 1991 OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and the
Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 was remarkable. It does not mean that
our work is finished, but rather, that the work to assure healthy and safe workplaces has
just begun. In fact, the success of the Act will be judged on how many injuries are 27 prevented and how many frontline workers actually become involved in the
implementation. The real difference in the law of 2000, and many of the state laws, lies
in the active role of the frontline health care worker. In addition, many nurses and other
health care workers, such as some public-sector employees, still do not have the benefit
of being protected under federal or state regulations addressing needlestick/sharps
injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The ANA and partnering nursing
organizations will continue efforts to advocate for the passage and implementation of
state laws and support the development of an OSHA state plan for states without one.
In summary, the following activities led to the...
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This document was uploaded on 02/27/2014 for the course ENGLISH 101 at Montgomery College.
- Summer '11