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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-04-222-DAL
Mon, March 22, 2004
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221


OSHA Offers Free Seminars to Assist Health Care Workers
With the Proper Use and Disposal of Needles
April 21 at the Ellis Conference Center

EL DORADO, Ark. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will present three free seminars for employers and workers in health care facilities about the "Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act." The seminar, conducted by OSHA's Little Rock area office, will be held on April 21, 2004, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST at the Ellis Conference Center.

OSHA is conducting the seminars to educate employers and health care workers about the law, including the proper disposal of contaminated needles and blood tube holders following blood-drawing procedures.

OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard prohibits the removal of contaminated needles from medical devices unless an employer can demonstrate that it is necessary for a specific medical or dental procedure. When performing a blood drawing procedure, OSHA requires the disposal of blood tube holders with a safety needle attached immediately after each patient's blood is drawn.

The Little Rock area office of OSHA will also offer the seminar in Fayetteville on March 23, and in Mountain Home on March 24. To register and for more information, contact Marilyn Clark Alston at the Little Rock OSHA area office at (501) 324-6291, ext. 243 or via e-mail at clark.marilyn@dol.gov.

The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit
www.dol.gov/compliance.

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