When OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard was finalized in 1991, the use of safe needle devices was recommended. Due to a lack of product availability, the use of these devices was not popular. In 2001, in response to the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, OSHA revised the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 1910.1030. The revised standard clarifies the need for employers to select safer needle devices and to involve employees in identifying and choosing these devices. The updated standard also requires employers to maintain a log of injuries from contaminated sharps.
Texas also state rules (Texas Health and Human Services Code 81.301) that protecting state workers from needle stick injury.
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