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Needlestick injuries in clinical practice: exploring the European Union legislation

Needlestick injuries in clinical practice: exploring the European Union legislation Although needlestick injuries have been described as 'one of the most serious health and safety threats in European workplaces', there is still widespread underreporting across organisations. A new European Union (EU) Directive was bought to action in May 2010 in order to protect all workers from needlestick injuries and subsequent infection from blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis. The purpose of the Directive is to ensure a safe working environment for workers and to provide comprehensive training, information, awareness raising and monitoring. In line with the Directive, member states, including the UK, have until 11 May 2013 to ensure all protective provisions have been implemented into national legislation. This article intends to bring aesthetic nurses up to date on policies and guidance currently in place. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aesthetic Nursing Mark Allen Group

Needlestick injuries in clinical practice: exploring the European Union legislation

Journal of Aesthetic Nursing , Volume 2 (3): 4 – Apr 1, 2013

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Mark Allen Group
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 MA Healthcare Limited
ISSN
2050-3717
eISSN
2052-2878
DOI
10.12968/joan.2013.2.3.130
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Abstract

Although needlestick injuries have been described as 'one of the most serious health and safety threats in European workplaces', there is still widespread underreporting across organisations. A new European Union (EU) Directive was bought to action in May 2010 in order to protect all workers from needlestick injuries and subsequent infection from blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis. The purpose of the Directive is to ensure a safe working environment for workers and to provide comprehensive training, information, awareness raising and monitoring. In line with the Directive, member states, including the UK, have until 11 May 2013 to ensure all protective provisions have been implemented into national legislation. This article intends to bring aesthetic nurses up to date on policies and guidance currently in place.

Journal

Journal of Aesthetic NursingMark Allen Group

Published: Apr 1, 2013

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