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Unformatted text preview: under workers’ compensation for reported occupational exposure. Because
there is such a long interval between exposure and diagnosis of HIV and Hepatitis C,
many health care workers are denied workers’ compensation benefits for their illness.
This legislation presumes an infection stems from the injury at the employee’s job
without the need for documentation of patient infection and the employee would be
covered by workers’ compensation.
Other state variations are too numerous to mention in general terms, and it is strongly
advised that you research your own state to be fully informed of the laws that affect you,
or require your involvement to be successfully passed. Additionally, some specific
information is provided from CDC-NIOSH (see website listed on the Internet Resources
page). Table 2, below, lists a basic comparison of state legislation provisions. 16 Table 2. Comparison of state-by-state needle safety legislation (revised May 2001),
Injury Log Safety
Process States Safety
Log Alaska X X X X X X X X X NIOSH
X Iowa X Maine
X Massachusetts X Minnesota
Missouri X X X X X Maryland X X X
X X New
X New Jersey X X X
X New York
Ohio X X X Oklahoma X X X Pennsylvania X X Rhode Island X X Tennessee X Texas X X X West
Virginia X X X X X 17 THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS
STANDARD: THE THIRD...
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