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OSHA Quicktakes: New From NIOSH: Protecting Health Care Workers From Needlesticks and Workplace Violence
March 8, 2012, 11:18 am
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Healthcare workers are frequently exposed to bloodborne pathogens and workplace violence. Together with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), OSHA is helping to educate employers and workers about these hazards and the best means of prevention. A new NIOSH-supported study shows how the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) and OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard have significantly reduced needlesticks and bloodborne disease exposure for healthcare workers. OSHA’s revised standard requires employers to provide safety-engineered devices to workers who are at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, to include workers in the selection of these devices, to review exposure-control plans at least annually, and to maintain specific sharps-injury logs. For more information about bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention, visit OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics page. In addition, NIOSH has published a new resource (PDF*) to assist employers in preventing violence against home healthcare workers. Home healthcare workers face an unprotected and unpredictable environment and can be vulnerable to verbal abuse, stalking, threats of assault, and even homicide. The new factsheet offers strategies for workers and encourages employers to establish a zero-tolerance policy for violence and provide workers with violence-prevention training. OSHA has guidelines for preventing workplace violence for health care and social service workers. For more information, visit OSHA’s Workplace Violence page at

Percutaneous Injuries Before and After the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act


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