Reduce the Risk of Needlesticks
1. Recognize the Threat
With approximately 600,000 needlestick injuries each year, the topic of bloodborne pathogens exposure is close to the hearts and minds of the 5.6 million U.S. healthcare workers who are at risk
. These workers are familiar with the risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens via needlestick injuries and other sharps-related injuries.
Unfortunately, the risks became an alarming reality recently when a healthcare employer was cited by OSHA for nine serious violations (initially a $62,000 penalty) for inadequately protecting its employees against exposure from needlesticks and bloodborne pathogens.
2. Meet 7 Standards for Sharps Disposal Containers
When it comes to safely disposing of sharps, OSHA guidelines are clear regarding Federal standards of product performance and design, as well as facility practices for disposal.
3. Properly Dispose of Your Sharps Containers
Choose a reputable vendor who will safely dispose of your sharps and medical waste.
4. Tackle OSHA Requirements
Beyond properly disposing of sharps containers, use the following guidelines to help tackle OSHA requirements for exposure control safety.
Need more information? Stericycle has produced an Introduction to OSHA Guide
and a white paper on What to Expect When OSHA Inspects