New regs for needlestick use come into force
- May 13, 2013
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Good news for all who may use or may come into contact with sharps of any description due to new legislation that came into force over the weekend of 11th May 2013.
All healthcare employers are required to bring in ‘safer sharps’ under the measures introduced by EU Council Directive 2010/32/EU.
The regulations require the use of safer sharps (those with built-in protection mechanisms) as well as the prevention of recapping of needles unless the recapping is required to actually prevent a risk.
There must be full training of staff in the use and disposal of sharps as well as what to do in the event of an injury. Specifically, as well as practical treatment, the victims of needlestick injuries, if there is a risk of exposure to blood borne virus then immediate access is the be given to medical advice and counseling if appropriate and required.
On the flipside staff members are required to inform their employers of any such event ‘as soon as possible’.
The directive applies to NHS, private and voluntary sector employers to include home works and bank nurses. The regulations do not cover residential care homes, prisons or schools,
Sharps injuries make up 17 % of all NHS injuries.
If you have suffered a sharps injury at work within the past three years then Gartons Solicitors can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
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