| FAQ - Sharps Safety/Postexposure Management - Archived Through 2012
Are there laws to protect dental workers from needlesticks?
While legislation alone cannot prevent needlestick-type injuries, activities in recent years have been targeted at preventing injuries and exposure incidents from occurring. OSHA requires that devices with engineered sharps injury protection be provided by the employer and used in the practice, if such devices are available and effective. OSHA has developed a special FAQ sheet to answer common questions regarding this area of the bloodborne pathogens rule (1).
(1) OSHA. Frequently Asked Questions May 9, 2001. Available at www.osha.gov/needlesticks/needlefaq.html