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Preventing Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector

Graham Marshall - Saturday, February 16, 2013

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) has published a consultation document on proposed regulations to implement Council Directive 2010/32/EU on preventing sharps injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector.

The consultation document establishes the UK HSE’s proposals for new regulations that are titled "The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations" (2013).

The new regulations are required under European Union legislation.

The new regulations will require employers in the healthcare sector to introduce arrangements for the safe use and disposal of medical sharps, to provide information and training to employees, and to record, investigate and take action following a sharps injury.

The regulations will also introduce a duty on healthcare workers to promptly report any sharps injury to their employer.

The consultation seeks views on:

1. Whether the proposed regulations enable healthcare businesses and workers to identify what they need to do?

2. The initial assessment of the costs and benefits of the proposed changes; and

3. How the regulations should be supported by guidance and who is best placed to provide that guidance?

 A consultation questionnaire is available from Martin Dilworth at the UK Health and Safety Executive:

5S2 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS
Tel No: 0151 951 4335      
Fax: 0151 951 4575

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