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Document ID (ISN)108990
CIS number 08-1457
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Title Bloodborne facts - Protect yourself when handling sharps
Bibliographic information U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20210, USA, [2006]. 1p.
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Abstract A needlestick or a cut from a contaminated scalpel can lead to infection from hepatitis B virus or human immunodeficiency virus which causes AIDS. Although few cases of AIDS have been documented from occupational exposure, approximately 8700 health care workers each year contract hepatitis B. About 200 will die as a result. Aimed at health care personnel, this information sheet explains how to avoid the risk of cut and stick injuries (disposing of sharps in puncture-resistant containers, handling of sharps containers).
Descriptors (primary) blood; USA; infectious hepatitis; immunodeficiency syndrome; safe working methods; needle-stick injuries; health care personnel; risk factors; wounds
Descriptors (secondary) disposal of harmful waste; data sheet; public OSH institutions
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Liver diseases
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)