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Type: Picture Slide
Content: Includes an illustration of a box with an arrow on the right labeled "Safer Products". The box is labeled "STEPS" and includes the following four points: Analyze Data, Evaluate Products, Develop Criteria, Define Priorities, and Create Team.
Source: Chiarello, 1995
To evaluate and select appropriate safer needle devices, health care employers should review available needlestick injury data including the personnel involved, the devices used, and the circumstances and frequency of needlestick events. This information can assist the employer in determining how employees can maximally benefit from a product change to safer needle devices. Although not required by OSHA, collection of complete needlestick injury data is key to identifying injury patterns, implementing an abatement plan (including engineering controls) and evaluating its effectiveness.
Chiarello (1995) suggests that a comprehensive needlestick prevention program might include the following:
Create a multi-disciplinary team.