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Volume 4, Number 4, 1999

Perry, J. "OSHA Issues RFI Report; Secretary of Labor Says: 'Safer Devices Mean Fewer Needlesticks.' New Federal Legislation Introduced" (pp.37, 44-45). Discusses major findings of OSHA's report on its September 1998 "Request for information on Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Due to Percutaneous Injury." Also covers new federal needlestick prevention legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) and Congresswoman Marge Roukema (R-NJ) in May 1999. Provides update on state legislative activity.

News Update (pp.38,41).
  • Needle Reuse in SmithKline Lab
  • FDA Safety Alert on Cross-Contamination from Hemodialysis
  • Hepatitus G Virus from Needlestick
  • Fatal Herpesvirus 1 (B Virus) Infection from Mucocutaneous Exposure
  • OSHA Cites Denver Hospital's Exposure Control Plan

    Daley K. "Demanding Safety" (pp.39-41). Karen Daley, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, tells about her needlestick and subsequent infection with HIV and hepatitis C, and her mission to get needle safety legislation passed in her state.

    Perry J. "International Researchers Publish Study on Worldwide Cases of Occupational HIV Infection." (pp.42-43). In a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers from Italy, Great Britain and the United States described characteristics of reported cases worldwide of occupationally acquired HIV infection in health care workers.

    "Request for Information on Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Due to Percutaneous Injury: OSHA'S Executive Summary of Responses" (p.46).

    "EPINet for Windows Available in August" (p.48). A "point and click" computerized system for reporting and analyzing sharp-object injuries and blood and body fluid exposures will be released in August. EPINet for Windows can be ordered after August 15 at the Becton Dickinson website: www.bd.com.