RCN: implement regulations to protect staff from sharps injuries
Published: 09 August 2012
The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the start of a consultation by the Health and Safety Executive on proposals to introduce European Union regulations to prevent injuries caused by medical sharps.
Sharps injuries can result in life-threatening infections such as HIV and hepatitis.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “Nurses and health care assistants continue to be at risk in the workplace from sharps injuries which should be prevented. Nobody should go to work fearing that they could be exposed to serious infections such as hepatitis and HIV simply because steps haven’t been taken to avoid preventable accidents.”
The RCN played a key role in calling for the European Union Directive and will be responding to the consultation in full, using evidence to show the seriousness of this issue and the benefits to employers if they protect their staff.
The RCN is encouraging individuals and organisations to respond to the consultation and is calling for the regulations to be implemented as soon as possible.
Read more about the consultation on the Health and Safety Executive website.