Needlestick Safety & Prevention Resources

The following resources represent comprehensive information on needlestick safety and prevention by various governmental, nonprofit and advocacy organizations.

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen and Needlestick Prevention – Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s page includes Federal and State legislation and detailed description of the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.

CDC  and NIOSH – needlestick safety resources including general resources on bloodborne pathogens,  safe needle disposal, engineering controls and many other resources.

International Safety Center – Provides surveillance, research, and advocacy to help healthcare organizations prevent sharps injuries, needlesticks, and blood/body fluid exposures.  The EPINet (Exposure Prevention Information Network) surveillance database is offered by the Center at no cost.  It provides a way to standardize methods for reporting and recording exposure incidents.  EPINet Reports are available HERE.The EPINet system is free to receive click here.  The Center also offers a host of additional resources, including presentation, papers, and reports HERE.

TDICT – Training for Development of Innovative Control Technologies brings together healthcare workers, product designers, and industrial hygienists who are committed to improving the design and evaluation of medical devices and equipment to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  TDICT evaluation tools are available to use for product evaluation committees and are being updated for release in 2019.  TDICT forms are also part of Appendix B of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Compliance Directive.

International Sharps Injury Prevention Society -provides resources on needle safe devices. Also check out their comprehensive needlestick safety resources page.

American Nurses Association – ANA represents over 300,000 American nurses and is a leading advocate on needlestick safety and prevention

ECRI – Health Devices Group at ECRI Institute tests safety prevention devices, providing comparative evaluations and ratings and needlestick safety and prevention resources. Also publishes Top Ten Hazards in Healthcare which has consistently included needlesticks in recent years.

Needlestick Safety – provides information education and resources on needle safe medical devices, needle design flaws and needle safety legislation.