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OSHA Quicktakes: NIOSH STOPS STICKS Campaign Aims To Reduce Exposures To Bloodborne Pathogens
August 16, 2011, 2:00 pm
Filed under: News

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed its STOP STICKS campaign to raise awareness about the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C from needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries in the workplace. Sharps injuries are a significant injury and health hazard for health care workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among health care workers in hospitals. The STOP STICKS campaign’s goal is to prepare and motivate health care workers to make the changes needed to reduce sharps injuries. OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics page on Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention includes a link to NIOSH’s STOP STICKS campaign site.

Go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/stopsticks/

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