This committees primary goals are to prevent

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Unformatted text preview: t, and should be integrated with and representative to the overall committee. Language barriers should also be addressed, and in multi-language workforces adequate translation should be provided for committee representatives, and addressed in training protocols. This committee’s primary goals are to prevent needlestick and sharps injuries and to ensure that the hospital is adhering to state and federal standards. The committee should have clearly defined authority and not just serve in an advisory role. The committee should have authority to decide which devices are selected. The committee’s responsibilities should include (Fisher, 1994): • • • • • • • • • • • Defining bloodborne pathogen exposure problems. Developing strategies for improved needlestick injury reporting procedures. Overseeing the exposure control plan as mandated by OSHA, including postexposure follow-up. Monitoring the post-exposure treatment program. Developing surveillance systems to monitor needlestick injuries. Re...
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