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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.
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- Summer '11
- English, Occupational safety and health, health care workers