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The EU Directive for the Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Hospital and Healthcare Sector:

In June 2010, a new European Directive was published on sharps injuries with the aim of creating the safest possible working environment by preventing injuries to workers at risk

All EU Member states are required to bring into force national legislation or legally binding agreements to implement the Directive.

What does the Directive say?

Risk of needlestick injury must be controlled by measures including the following:

  • Safe Procedures - specifying and implementing safe procedures for using and disposing of sharp medical instruments and contaminated waste. The practice of recapping shall be banned with immediate effect. These procedures shall be regularly reassessed and shall form an integral part of the measures for the information and training of workers
  • Engineering Controls - providing medical devices incorporating safety engineered protection mechanisms

There are a number of selection criteria to be considered when considering a safety – engineered medical device.

What does this mean for me?

The Directives state where risk cannot be eliminated the employer shall take appropriate measures to minimise the risks. Appropriate measures to minimise the risks would include the provision by employers of safer needle devices and sharps containers.

As a minimum requirement, the Directives state: "Where there is a risk of mechanical contact with moving parts of work equipment which could lead to accidents, those parts must be provided with guards or devices to prevent access to danger zones or to halt movement of dangerous parts before danger zones are reached"

How does inSafe measure up?

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a safer sharp:

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