Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
| Standard Number:||1910.1030(d)(2)(i); 1910.1030(d)(2)(viii)|
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"It may not be possible to design a biopsy needle or instrument with engineered sharps injury protection (ESIP) that allows a tissue sample to be taken with the quality necessary for diagnosis. Are (biopsy needles and instruments) included in the safety needle legislation...?"As you know on November 6, 2000 President Clinton signed "The Needlestick Prevention and Safety Act" which directs OSHA to make several changes to the Bloodborne Pathogens standard. These changes must be incorporated into the standard before May 2001. Currently however, paragraph 1910.1030(d)(2)(i) already requires the use of engineering and work practice controls where employee exposures can be eliminated or minimized to the lowest extent feasible. It further states that "(e)ngineering controls shall be examined and maintained or replaced on a regular schedule to ensure their effectiveness." Some examples of engineering controls used to control the hazards of needlesticks include needleless intravenous (IV) systems, "self-sheathing," and/or "self-blunting" needles. OSHA Instruction [CPL 02-02-069 (formerly CPL 2-2.69)], Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, further clarifies the requirements of the standard.
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