Medical Environment Update—Conference on current and future needlestick safety

By: January 6th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The January issue of Medical Environment Update reports on a gathering of needlestick prevention experts at a conference for needlestick prevention and safety, “Mapping Progress and Charting a Future Path,” hosted by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia.

Here is an excerpt from that article:

The law vs. other incentives

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, director of NIOSH, presented the keynote address that asked: Have we achieved all that is needed to protect healthcare workers from sharps injuries?

Howard—who also served as chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations from 1991 to 2002 and who was instrumental in creating California’s needlestick safety legislation that preceded the federal NSPA [Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act]—says there is more to be done. Definitional changes to the current regulation, enforcement strategy enhancements, technology design strategies, and compliance incentives in home care and third world countries are some of the areas Howard identified for future efforts.

The article also takes a close look at an OSHA conference presentation that compares OSHA inspections and violations in healthcare before and after the NSPA took effect.

The Medical Environment Update January issue also includes:

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