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Preventing needlestick injuries in Ontario’s acute care hospitals
Progress and ongoing challenges In 2007, Ontario introduced regulation to promote the adoption of safety-engineered needles for the prevention of needlestick injuries. However, needlestick injury declines in the province (2004-2011) have not been substantial. Ontario's regulatory standard, designed to allow for local flexibility in the selection and implementation of these safety devices, relies heavily on the actions and conditions of regulated workplaces. In this plenary, Andrea Chambers shares findings on how implementation at three acute care hospitals played out. Source : http://www.iwh...
Gloves, Arc Flash, and the New ASTM Test Method
For years, we have heard the question, "What about gloves in arc flash?" The reason this question wasn't answered sooner is complicated, but the standard is now available. ASTM F2675-13, Test Method For Determining Arc Ratings of Hand Protective Products Developed and Used for Electrical Arc Flash Protection, is an ASTM International standard with an approval date of June 1, 2013, that was expected to be published by ASTM International within the month of July. Testing is already progressing, with more than 25 types of gloves tested in the past few years now having a specific standard...
An evaluation of the efficacy of safer sharps devices: Systematic review
Sharps-related injuries carry the risk of serious blood borne infection. A systematic review was undertaken to consider the evidence related to safer sharps devices and their impact on needlestick injury reduction within the healthcare sector. The quality and quantity of evidence was limited. Despite this, there was sufficient published evidence to consider the use of safer sharps devices to reduce the incidence of sharps injuries amongst UK healthcare workers. Studies showed that when educational programmes were implemented alongside a safer sharps device, lower rates of sharps injuries were sustained...
Proper selection of safety gloves against Mechanical Hazards
Proper selection of safety gloves is the result of a process that takes into consideration many criteria — from level of protection and durability to hand shape and breathability. Yet, while the process seems complicated, the goal is straightforward: to provide the worker with gloves that combine functionality with as much protection as possible. The first step to selecting any protective equipment is a risk analysis, says Chantal Gauvin, a scientist with the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) in Montreal and co-author...
Reduction in percutaneous injuries was concomitant with a steep market shift from conventional to safety-engineered devices
This study was to determine whether «The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA)» (USA) has had an effect on the rate of percutaneous injuries among hospital employees. We used a historical, prospective design, with the use of a multihospital sharps-injury database maintained by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia. Since 1993, a group of U.S. hospitals voluntarily contributed sharps-injury surveillance data. We selected the period from 1995 through 2005, which included 23,908 injuries that occurred in 85 hospitals in 10 states. The significant...
An updated standard to help users evaluate and select adequate hand protection has been published by ISEA.
02/28/2011 American National Standard for Hand Protection Selection Criteria (ANSI/ISEA 105-2011), first published in 2000, is designed to assist users and employers in the appropriate selection of gloves for identifiable workplace hazards that could result in chemical burns, severe cuts and lacerations, and burns caused by heat and flame exposures. ANSI/ISEA 105-2011 was developed by ISEA's Hand Protection Group and was reviewed by a consensus panel representing chemical handling professionals, testing facilities, utility providers, and government agencies. http://www.safetyequipment.org/news...
La main au travail (Risques - Prévention - Réparation)
En raison de la multiplicité de ses fonctions, la main se trouve très fréquemment en situation dangereuse. Les risques découlant de l'activité professionnelle peuvent être classés selon la nature du travail en trois catégories : - les risques mécaniques - les risques thermiques et électriques, - les risques chimiques. Bien souvent, ces risques se manifestent lors d'opérations de manipulation, de préhension, levage, transport de charges. Les causes des accidents et des maladies professionnelles de la main...

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