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This Directive establishes base rules on protecting the health and safety of workers. The measures provided in the Directive aim to eliminate the risk factors for occupational diseases and accidents.
This Directive lays down minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment by workers at work. Employers shall take the measures necessary to ensure that the work equipment made available to workers may be used by workers without impairment to their safety or health.
This Directive lays down minimum requirements for the health and safety of workers exposed to biological agents at work. Employers must assess risks and prevent workers' exposure.
Sets a framework to prevent medical sharps injuries in the hospital and health sector. The purpose of the framework is to:
• Achieve the safest possible working environment
• Prevent workers´ injuries caused by any medical sharps including needlesticks
• Set up an integrated approach establishing policies in risk assessment, risk prevention, training, information, awareness raising, and monitoring
The Act demands that sharp devices be replaced by suitable ones that have no or low risk of injuries.
This code of practice requires NHS (National Health Service) bodies to implement practices that encompass the provision of medical devices incorporating sharps protection mechanisms where there are clear indications that they will provide safe working systems for health-care workers.
The Union of Nursing, SATs, has claimed that, once and for all, it meets European Directive requires the development in all hospitals and health effective measures to end injuries caused by sharps.
On the 7th of March last was held in Rome an international seminar on the European Directive 2010/32/EU concerning "Measures of prevention and safety in case of cuts or tip for the staff working in the health sector ".
The Law requires employees to use safety mechanisms in all cases where safer medical devices are available and emphasizes employee acceptance and training.