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Unformatted text preview: PRONG- REGULATIONS After years of lobbying efforts by ANA and others starting in the 1980’s, there are significant laws and regulations that provide nurses with rights and protections. This standard existed almost a decade before the latest amendments. In addition to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct), health care workers are protected by OSHA’s 1991 Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard. Although this standard made many improvements in the health care workplace, needlestick injuries continued to occur at an alarming rate. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard applies to all occupational exposures to blood or other potentially infectious materials. The original standard certainly improved the health care environment regarding exposures to blood and body fluids as far as it went. The standard set forth requirements for employers with workers who may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials. In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards, the employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protections measures....
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This document was uploaded on 02/27/2014 for the course ENGLISH 101 at Montgomery College.

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