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Latin America - Policy and Legislation

to protect healthcare workers from occupational exposures to bloodborne pathogens 

Regional summary: To date, Brazil is the only country in Latin America that has promulgated a regulation (NR 32) specifically requiring the use of safety-engineered devices to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries and blood exposures to healthcare workers. However, an effective date for the regulation was not specified when it was issued; this circumstance, along with the relatively narrow selection of safety-engineered devices currently available in Brazil, has limited the impact of the regulation thus far.

The Center is currently conducting a country-by-country search looking for relevant occupational safety and health policies or guidelines regarding the protection of healthcare workers from occupational exposures to bloodborne pathogens.

If you are aware of pertinent policies or guidelines related to healthcare worker safety or occupational exposure prevention in any countries in this region, please send information here .

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As of January 2013, this website is no longer being
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The information and documents available on the site continue to be relevant for researchers in the area of sharps safety and protection of healthcare workers from bloodborne pathogen exposures.

EPINet Data for 2010 and 2011

Available here. 

Consensus Statement and Call to Action on Sharps Safety Released March 2012