Employee health professionals are being urged to enter their 2016 exposure data into the annual Exposure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice (EXPO-STOP) by the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP).
AOHP is hoping to get input from 200 hospitals, and is also targeting non-hospital settings. EXPO-STOP provides a timely nationwide database for sharps injuries and mucocutaneous exposures to healthcare workers.
“The past five surveys (2011-2015) show that AOHP has the membership, data, and geography to make a significant contribution to exposure knowledge both in the United States and internationally,” the AOHP reports.
The 2015 survey confirmed that exposures have decreased since 2001, albeit slowly, but may now have reached a plateau, the association noted.
“A large number of participants in the 2016 EXPO-STOP survey will help to confirm the direction of this trend,” the AOHP says.
The survey collects data on such areas as OSHA Log sharps injuries, the number occurring during surgical procedures, and mucocutaneous exposures (including bites).
Those who submit data by March 31, 2017, will be eligible to win free registration to the next AOHP national conference.
The survey can be found at: http://svy.mk/2jDatiT.