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Answer “TRUE” or “FALSE” to the following statements. These statements are regarding workers at facilities who are exposed to occupational hazards that may lead to the transmission of bloodborne pathogens (BBP) when using needles, syringes or other sharps.

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  1. You should follow state guidelines for sharps disposal, because they are always the strictest regulations. TRUE or FALSE

  2. When your sharps containers are filled to the top, it is time to empty them. TRUE or FALSE

  3. Wall-mounted sharps containers should be placed just above eye level of the tallest person on your team. TRUE or FALSE

  4. Securely closed sharps containers can be disposed of in the red bag. TRUE or FALSE

  5. Lancets used for blood glucose monitoring in residential facilities aren’t covered under OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. TRUE or FALSE

  6. If you’ve seen one sharps container, you’ve seen them all. TRUE or FALSE

  7. The FDA requires that businesses must use sharps containers that are approved as class II medical devices. TRUE or FALSE

  8. Bloodborne pathogens training is required for funeral service workers with potential exposure. TRUE or FALSE

  9. Physician offices are required to ask their nurses and other employees who use sharps about recommendations they may have to prevent needlesticks. TRUE or FALSE

  10. Sharps containers are considered a type of safety engineered controls. TRUE or FALSE

  11. Tattoo artists must write exposure control plans to comply with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. TRUE or FALSE

  12. US outbreaks from unsafe injection practices when administering medical products have decreased since 2001. TRUE or FALSE

  13. More than 50% of nurses will have at least one needlestick during their careers. TRUE or FALSE

  14. Dental offices must evaluate AND implement safety engineered controls. TRUE or FALSE

  15. Stericycle’s Occupational Safety Specialists can conduct on-site, personalized annual bloodborne pathogens training. TRUE or FALSE

Answers:

1. You should follow state guidelines for sharps disposal, because they are always the strictest regulations. FALSE. State guidelines may sometimes be stricter than federal regulations, and you should be sure to follow all applicable regulations and procedures required for your facility.

2. When sharps containers are filled to the top, it is time to empty them. FALSE. Sharps containers should be changed whenever they reach the fill line. A sharps container that is filled all the way to the top, or even just overfilled past a fill line, presents a hazard.

3. Wall-mounted sharps containers should be placed above eye level of the tallest person on your team. FALSE. People who are using the sharps containers should have a clear line-of-sight vision of the tops of the sharps containers.

4. Securely closed sharps containers can be disposed of in the red bag. TRUE. Be sure containers are securely closed, and never dispose of a sharp directly into the red bag instead of into a sharps container.

5. Lancets used for blood glucose monitoring in residential facilities aren’t covered under OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. FALSE. In fact, disease outbreaks have been linked to reuse of lancets at these facilities.

6. If you’ve seen one sharps container, you’ve seen them all. FALSE. Sharps containers should be the appropriate size and type for each facility.

7. The FDA requires that businesses must use sharps containers that are approved as class II medical devices. TRUE. These containers are specifically designed for disposing of sharps.

8. Bloodborne pathogens training is required for funeral service workers with potential exposure. TRUE. The transmission of BBPs is an occupational hazard for these workers.

9. Physician offices are legally required to ask their nurses and other employees who use sharps about recommendations they may have to prevent needlesticks. TRUE. In fact recent OSHA violations in healthcare have specifically cited this issue.

10. Sharps containers are considered a type of safety engineered controls. TRUE. Other safety engineering devices include needleless systems, self-sheathing or retractable needles or catheters, plastic capillary tubes, and intravenous delivery systems where needles are housed in a protective covering or a non-needle connection.

11. Tattoo artists must write exposure control plans to comply with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. TRUE. Not only must they have an exposure control plan, but they also must document the annual review and update of that plan.

12. US outbreaks from unsafe injection practices when administering medical products have decreased since 2001. FALSE. They have increased.

13. More than 50% of nurses will have at least one needlestick during their careers. TRUE. Unfortunately, much work is still needed to protect healthcare workers from the risks of bloodborne pathogens.

14. Dental offices must evaluate AND implement safety engineered controls. TRUE. Any healthcare facility or business whose employees may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens must comply with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, which includes the need to evaluate and implement these controls.

15. Stericycle’s Occupational Safety Specialists can conduct on-site, personalized annual bloodborne pathogens training. TRUE. Our dedicated trained specialists are one of the most commonly cited reasons that our Steri-Safe Preferred Program customers prefer Stericycle.

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 Originally published on August 19, 2013.





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