Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (Public Law 106-430, 106th Congress) of November 6, 2000


The law applies to all employers who have employees with reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials in hospitals, surgery centers, medical centers, physician´s offices, nursing homes, and home care/home infusion.

The law requires employees to use safety mechanisms in all cases where safer medical devices are available and emphasizes employee acceptance and training.

Employers must investigate availability of safety devices each year, and document the fact in their Exposure Control Plan. If a safer device is available, but back ordered or delayed, this must be documented. The device must be implemented and documented as soon as it becomes available.

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