California Healthcare Facilities and the Needlestick Safety Act

Healthcare professionals are constantly at risk for developing various illnesses. Their jobs require them to regularly come into contact with people who are sick. But in addition to potentially contracting an illness from a patient, there’s another threat.

Workers in healthcare and other occupational fields have a high risk of injury or infection due to accidental sticks from used needles. Because of these “needlestick” incidents, Congress modified the existing Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to create more strict guidelines. As a result, the Needlestick Safety Act became a US law in 2000.

The Act made it necessary for medical employers to seek out, evaluate, and use medical devices that improve safety. It’s also necessary to maintain a record of any accidental needle pricks occurring in the workplace. One other stipulation by the Act is that non-managerial workers in healthcare must also have input on choosing workplace safety devices. This means the people most likely affected by this equipment will play a part in deciding which equipment to use.

Not all workplaces are affected by this Act. But if a workplace regularly exposes employees to blood or infectious materials, then the workplace must adhere to standards set forth by the Needlestick Safety Act. It improves safety for employees and patients. In addition to acquiring safety equipment, it’s mandatory for employees to receive training in how to use new equipment.

Sharp Fluidics can help you become compliant with local healthcare standards and area laws. Visit our website to learn more about improving safety in the field of healthcare.

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