Take the Pledge

As a registered nurse, I recognize that exposure to bloodborne pathogens through needlestick injuries is a serious and potentially deadly occupational risk. I am also aware that OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act provide protections to health care workers. These include requirements for employers to maintain and update exposure control plans, implement work practice controls, compile a sharps injury log, and evaluate improvements in medical safety device technology with input from direct care staff.

I recognize that I play an active role in ensuring that my work environment has necessary safeguards to protect against preventable needlestick injuries, including the opportunity to provide input toward the evaluation and selection of the safest medical devices. I recognize that the law requires my employer to solicit this input from staff nurses in updating the exposure control plan annually.

 

I pledge to:

  • Be knowledgeable about the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, and sharps safety and injury prevention, and to help educate my peers.
  • Ensure that safety engineered medical devices and proper practices for sharps disposal are implemented in my work practice environment.
  • Advocate for using the safest needle technology available.
  • Document any concerns I have about compliance with workplace needlestick injury prevention and safety measures, including any problematic sharps devices, in writing with my employer.
  • Report immediately any injuries I sustain from a sharps incident for evaluation and treatment and to follow up on post-injury treatment recommendations.
  • Consider filing an OSHA complaint if my efforts to work with my employer to comply with federal laws and standards are unsuccessful.
 

           

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