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| Standard Number:||1910.1030(d)(2)(i); 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv); 1910.1030(b)|
|This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any situation not delineated within the original correspondence.|
OSHA has stated previously, "the most effective way of removing the hazard of a contaminated needle is to eliminate the needle completely by converting to needleless systems. If this is not possible, removal of the hazard as soon as possible after contamination is required. This is best accomplished by using a sharp with engineered sharps injury protection (SESIP)" (Letter of Interpretation to Congressman LaTourette, June 27, 2001).
To the extent that specific types of devices, such as catheter securement devices or needle destruction devices can reduce the risk of needlestick injuries, such devices could be appropriate components of an employer's comprehensive exposure control plan. Nevertheless, it is impossible for this legislation to recommend any one type of engineering control (106 Cong. Rec. p. H8676 (2000)).This language does not say that the use of NDDs is always or generally sufficient to bring employers into full compliance with the standard. It only says that to the extent that they reduce the risk of needlestick injuries, they can be appropriate components of an exposure control plan. In this regard, the selection and use of NDDs may be most appropriate for clinical procedures where SESIPS or needleless systems are either not feasible or not commercially available (for example, certain procedures in geriatrics, pediatrics, and orthopaedics). Where NDDs are used, they should be used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. For example, the SharpX is not meant to be used in potentially explosive environments, or where flammable gases or liquids are stored or used, such as operating rooms and emergency rooms.
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