Ask the expert: Safety devices and non-contaminated needles
Q: When drawing up medication, must we use a safety needle if it is not to be used to administer to the patient?
A: Non-contaminated needles are not subject to the bloodborne pathogens standard, according to Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens:
“Needles that will not become contaminated by blood during use (such as those used only to draw medication from vials) are not required to have engineering controls under this standard. The needle used for the actual injection, however, must incorporate engineering controls.”
Make a notation of this work practice in the exposure control plan, along with a reference to the enforcement document.