Ensure compliance with OSHA, Joint Commission

Recent program details needle safety tips

How did workers’ donning fanny packs ensure needle safety compliance with inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Here this novel approach and many other "real-world" solutions described by a California infection control professional who has been facing down OSHA inspectors for some two years.

Tape provides guidance to help you prepare

An audiocassette tape is now available for Needle Safety Mandate: What you must know before OSHA inspectors come calling, a recent teleconference provided by American Health Consultants, publisher of Same-Day Surgery. The cost is $199.

With the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations now saying it will enforce the same requirements, the insightful grass-roots guidance and clear explanation of all the requirements in this teleconference can ensure full compliance at your facility. California was the first state to face this issue several years ago.

Tales of actual OSHA inspections — giving precise details of what was regarded as compliant or what drew a citation — are revealed by Cynthia Fine, RN, MSN, CIC Infection Control/Employee Health professional in Oakland, CA.

Our expert faculty also includes veteran OSHA observer, Katherine West, BSN, MSEd, CIC, an infection control consultant with Infection Control/Emerging Concepts Inc. in Manassas, VA. West provides a straightforward, practical explanation of what the federal changes require.

To order this important teleconference tape, contact our customer service department at (800) 688-2421 or by e-mail: customerservice@ahcpub.com.

2 resources on the web

The National Alliance for the Primary Prevention of Sharps Injuries in South Jordan, UT, has launched a web site (www.NAPPSI.org) that offers information on needlestick prevention, legislative updates, regulatory developments, products, and resources. The alliance has a speakers’ bureau that offers free presentations on primary prevention of sharps injuries.

The organization defines primary prevention as a technology or practice that eliminates the need for sharps in the health care setting. These technologies include lasers to replace lancets to draw blood and catheter securement devices that eliminate the use of suture needles.

The alliance is a group of health organizations, medical device manufacturers, health care professionals, and others working to reduce sharps injuries. About 800,000 medical sharps injuries occur each year in health care facilities across the country, the alliance estimates.

In other news, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, has issued a Sentinel Event Alert related to preventing needlestick and sharps injuries. The alert covers risks and causes, prevention strategies, The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, and recommendations. To access the alert, go to www.jcaho.org/edu_pub/sealert/sea22.html.