Confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus strain are spreading worldwide, and people are anxious about the prospect of a pandemic. The World Health Organization updated its threat assessment to the highest level: “very high.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the first case of possible “community transmission” in the US, and all medical facilities need to prepare for an influx of patients who are infected – or worry that they are.
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In 2001 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised their Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard with The Needlestick Prevention and Safety Act to detail more specific requirements for employers to address sharps safety and needlestick incidents. The following requirements were officially integrated into the Standard:
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, was first issued in 1991 to protect employees from occupational hazards posed by exposure to microorganisms present in human blood that can cause disease in humans. The Standard defines “regulated waste” as follows:
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Safe handling and disposal of used needles and sharps help prevent injuries caused by accidental needlesticks. Unfortunately, many people don’t properly dispose of their used syringes and sharps. As a result, other people are injured by used syringes that were carelessly discarded in garbage cans, dropped in parks and playgrounds, or left behind in other public places.
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Aesthetic procedures are having “a moment” right now with Medical Spas (MedSpas) spreading across the nation into urban and suburban landscapes alike. Both medical and spa-like in one, this hybrid business model can include a wide variety of offerings beyond just Botox. Laser hair removal, chemical peels, tattooed makeup, hormone injections, even acupuncture can be found on a MedSpa service menu.
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