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Needle Points: An AFSCME Guide to Sharps Safety

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Needlesticks: Causes and Consequences
  3. Steps to Prevent Injuries
  4. Taking Action to Prevent Needlesticks
  5. Appendix A: Product Evaluation
  6. Appendix B: Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
  7. Appendix C: OSHA Complaint Form
  8. Appendix D: Resources

There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 needlesticks and other skin punctures or cuts among health care workers each year. About half of these incidents are not reported to employers. A needlestick or other exposure from a used needle or other sharp device carries the risk of infection with serious and even deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

This material was produced under Grant Number 46C9-HT15 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government. January 2002

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