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IOSH advises health and safety professionals about sharps injuries

26th March 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) healthcare group recently gave advice to healthcare organisations about how to manage new UK and EU laws regarding sharps injuries.

The regulations aim to reduce needlestick and other sharps injuries, while preventing staff from being exposed to the diseases and infections carried by the equipment.

New measures include a requirement for safer needle systems and warding against injury to people who use needle devices.

IOSH Healthcare Group chair Douglas Blair said: "The number of sharps injuries we see in our health and social care facilities are way too high and that’s a problem, as with the right protective measures in place, they are actually preventable.

"We simply can’t afford to be putting our doctors, nurses and other staff in the sector at risk of disease and illness."

Mr Blair emphasised that staff need to be safe in the work they do in order to provide the service required to help people recover.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801562412-ADNFCR


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