Compliance assistance tools for OSHA regulations may be found on the OSHA compliance with the bloodborne pathogens standard page, while other resources are available from key agencies.
The following links to other resources and tools may also be useful in setting up needlestick prevention programs, revising established programs, and finding new data.
Note: Information found on the Internet does not reflect the opinions or business relationships of Premier.
- Safer work practices to prevent sharps injury These safer work practices for Laboratory, Nursing, and Peri-Operative Settings, were reprinted and adapted with permission from the California Healthcare Association
- Premier’s educational brochure on needlestick prevention is useful in a wide variety of healthcare settings.
OSHA Program strategies include many resources and tools for evaluating and selecting safer devices, and suggested additional resources include the following:
- Blunt-tip suture needles: FDA/OSHA/NIOSH safety communication (2012).
This joint publication provides the rationale for use of blunt-tip suture needles and strongly urges healthcare practitioners to use them in suturing fascia and muscle tissue.
- How to make an inventory list of sharps devices for your facility:why you need one and what it might look like.
Most hospitals and healthcare providers have no single list or inventory of sharps devices that are purchased and used in their facility. However a sharps device inventory can be a powerful tool to complement your existing sharps injury prevention plan.
- How (and why) to make a display board of sharps devices.
An effective tool for a hospital is a display board of the sharps devices used in the facility or in a single department. In its simplest form, this can be a poster or series of posters containing a sample of each device and its packaging.
- Tools for evaluation of sharps safety devices:
- Premier’s prevent needlestick Injuries brochure
- San Francisco General Hospital’s Trauma Foundation, Training for development of innovative control technology (TDICT) project.
Safe Injection Practices: Protecting Yourself and Your Patients – A Bloodborne Pathogens Training Activity. Needlestick prevention requires taking important precautions for your protection. This training reminds healthcare providers about injection safety and other basic infection prevention and control practices, which are central to patient safety as well. View the training on the One & Only Campaign’s website.
Advanced precautions for today’s OR. The operating room professional handbook for the prevention of sharps injuries and bloodborne exposures. Mark S. Davis, Sweinbinder Publications, soft cover 158 pages, Atlanta GA, ISBN: 0-966487354, 1999. $14.95
This book provides techniques and technology for exposure prevention, including precautions for the surgical team, administrative support, checklists, CDC recommendations, and OSHA requirements.
Health devices; Reports from ECRI, an independent, nonprofit institution ECRI, 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. ECRI publishes reports, product reviews, and evaluations of needlestick injury prevention devices and sharps disposal containers in its subscription journal. Ordering information: 610.825.6000, ext. 888, and ECRI –
American Nurses Association – Needlestick injury update
“Safe Needle Save Lives” Website is devoted to sharing needlestick injury prevention information, including legislation and current articles.
International Healthcare Worker Safety Center – 2010 Conference resources
The Tenth anniversary of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act: Mapping progress, charting a future path website provides the materials from a conference organized by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia in November 2010 in Charlottesville, Virginia. World renowned speakers address the issue of needlestick prevention and share their data analyses. A video of the speakers and copies of their slide presentations are available.
International Healthcare Worker Safety Center together with American Nurses Association released a consensus statement and call to action on sharps safety. Premier was among the endorsing organizations.
International Safety Center
International Sharps Injury Prevention Society
ISIPS is an international group of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, health organizations, healthcare professionals, medical waste disposal experts that have joined forces to provide education, information, and product knowledge to help reduce the number of sharps injuries that occur each year. The ISIPS website includes a comprehensive list of safety products.
Massachusetts Sharps Injuries Data – 2009
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) annually publishes surveillance data on “Sharps Injuries among Hospital Workers in Massachusetts”. Although this information reflects the experience of only one state, it can be used to compare trends among other hospital groups.
More information about this state-wide surveillance program is available on the Occupational Health Surveillance Program website under the heading “Needlesticks and other Sharps Injuries”
Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OHSEP)
OHSEP is a program in the California Department of Public Health that tracks work-related injuries and diseases, conducts workplace studies about occupational exposures and health effects, and makes prevention recommendations to employers and employees.
Safe in Common
Safe in Common is a movement of healthcare personnel committed to making their working environment safe from the risk of needlestick injury.
San Francisco General Hospital’s Trauma Foundation, Training for Development of Innovative Control Technology (TDICT) Project.
The TDICT Project is a collaborative effort of frontline healthcare workers, product designers, and industrial hygienists dedicated to the preventing exposure to blood through better design and evaluation of medical devices and equipment. TDICT is based at San Francisco General Hospital. Sites of investigation have included the emergency department, intensive care unit, and general medical wards, as well as a fire department and emergency responders. Other work focused on operating rooms, dental operatories, and various home healthcare agencies. Site materials include product evaluation tools, scenarios for simulated testing, and user-based performance standards.
A safety website focused on surgery, “OR Precautions” is available, providing safety and compliance resources such as federal and OSHA compliance for the OR, safety handbooks, videos and posters, consulting, speaking, on-site training seminars, and administrative and risk management strategies. Examples:
- Stuck in Surgery; Sharps Safety in Today’s OR. A 17 minute safety video for OSHA compliance in the OR and hospital-wide sharps safety education. Useful for all staff in the OR, Labor & Delivery, Emergency Department, and Trauma Center. Produced by Mark S. Davis, MD; 2001. $29.95.
- Safety Posters for the OR (set of 10 different topics) Informational and motivational daily reminders for posting in OR and Labor & Delivery. Printed on 8&1/2 X 11 inch heavy stock in assorted colors. Topics include no-hands passing of sharps, blunt suture needles, bloodborne pathogens, costs of exposures, laparoscopic/endoscopic checklist, smoke management, barrier selection, anesthesia precautions, labor and delivery checklist;. $30.00.