EXPOSURE SAFETY: FAQs about implementing safety devices

October 2005 
Volume 35  Number 10
Pages 74 - 76
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QUESTIONS ARE bound to come up as facilities work to comply with standards on needle-stick safety from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here are several frequently asked questions (FAQs) and our answers.

FAQ: Does OSHA specify which safety devices must be used?

Answer: No, OSHA doesn't dictate specific designs or brands of safety devices facilities must use. “One size doesn't fit all,” according to OSHA, so facilities may choose those safety devices that best meet their needs as long as the devices are acceptable for clinical care and provide protection from sharps injuries. Facilities should evaluate and then implement safety devices that eliminate or effectively minimize sharps injuries.

FAQ: How do active and passive safety devices compare, and which is better?

Answer: Active (clinician-controlled) safety devices require the user to activate the safety feature after use. With passive ...

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