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    Title: When Do Needlesticks Happen?
    Type: Pie Chart
    • After use and before disposal = 70%
    • Before and during use = 20%
    • During and after disposal = 10%
    Speaker Notes:

    About 20% of injuries occur before or during use. These injuries usually involve clean needles and present a lower risk to employees. Up to 70% of needlesticks occur after the needle has been used (is contaminated) and before disposal. The remaining ten percent of injuries occur during or after disposal.

    Three activities included in this 10% are cleaning up after a procedure has been completed, carrying out trash, and washing dirty linens. These "downstream injuries" are particularly threatening to the worker because the source of the needle is generally unknown.