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| Standard Number:||1910.1030; 1910.1030(d)(2)(i); 1910.1030(d)(2)(vii); 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(1)|
(A) Contaminated needles and other contaminated sharps shall not be bent, recapped or removed unless the employer can demonstrate that no alternative is feasible or that such action is required by a specific medical or dental procedure.Therefore, corking a contaminated needle would be allowed only if no alternative was feasible. As you explain, the cork itself is put in place in order to protect the employee performing the piercing from being stuck with the contaminated end of the piercing needle as the jewelry is pulled through the body. In this case, there may be no alternative, and corking the contaminated needle may be necessary. In an OSHA inspection, the compliance officer would review the exposure control plan for written justification for the recapping supported by reliable evidence. Any permissible recapping must be performed by some method other than the traditional two-handed procedure (e.g., by means of a mechanical device or forceps).
(B) Such bending, recapping or needle removal must be accomplished through the use of a mechanical device or a one-handed technique.
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