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Links to Safe Needle Devices for AS 18.60.880 – 890

Effective Date 1/1/01 - Links Updated February 2004

Effective Engineering Controls 
CDC Guidelines and Recommendations 
Vaccine Safety

NOTE: Contained herein are web sites that can be used for the purposes of information and research. The examples of effective engineering controls listed herein do not include all those on the market, but are simply representative of the devices available. OSHA does not approve, endorse, register, or certify any medical devices. Inclusion in this list does not indicate OSHA approval, endorsement, registration, or certification. The final determination of compliance with OSHA’s standards takes into account all factors pertaining to the use of such devices at a particular worksite.

Effective Engineering Controls

ECRI, designated as an Evidence-based Practice Center by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, is a nonprofit international health services research organization. This web site discusses the June 1998 issue of ECRI’s Health Devices, which evaluates 19 needlestick-prevention devices, and provides information on how to obtain this document.

International Health Care Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia

Available: Features a list of safety devices with manufacturers and specific product names.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Sharps Disposal Containers

Available: Features information on selecting, evaluating, and using sharps disposal containers.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSJA) Glass Capillary Tubes: Joint Safety Advisory About Potential Risks

Available: Describes safer alternatives to conventional glass capillary tubes.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Needlestick Injuries

Available: recent news, recognition, evaluation, controls, compliance, and links to information on effective engineering controls.

Safety Sharp Device contracts

Features safety sharp devices on contact with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Training for Development of Innovative Control Technologies (TDOCT) Project

Available: Features "Safety Feature Evaluation Forms" for specific devices.


CDC Prevention Guidelines Database

Available: Provides access to the CDC Prevention Guidelines Database, which is a compilation of all of the official guidelines and recommendations published by the CDC for the prevention of diseases, disabilities, and injuries. Provides information on how to find a specific CDC Prevention Guideline.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Available: access to the MMWR, a series prepared by the CDC. Contains comprehensive information on policy statements for prevention and treatment that are within the CDC’s scope of responsibility, from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

The following are CDC guidelines and recommendations on HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C

Guideline for infection control in health care personnel, 1998

Available: Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease. Publication date 10/16/1998.

Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Helath-Care Worker Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis. Publication date 05/15/1998.

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Available: Immunization of Health-Care Workers: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). Publication date 12/26/1997.

(Provides recommendations for Hepatitis B).



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Available: The National Immunization Program (NIP) of the CDC features information on vaccine safety.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Available: and  The first site features information on how the FDA ensures vaccine safety. The second site features information on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a cooperative program for vaccine safety of the FDA and CDC.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Available:  The IAC is a nonprofit organization working to increase immunization rates and prevent disease. Features Vaccine Information Statements, free print materials, and other hepatitis and immunization sites.

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Available: The Vaccine Initiative is a project of the IDSA and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Features information on vaccination and vaccination-related issues.

Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Available: The purpose of the Institute is to obtain and distribute information on the safety of recommended immunizations. This is a new web site and may not be fully operational.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Available: Features a 40-page brochure "Understanding Vaccines."

World Health Organization (WHO)

Available: Features a vaccine safety homepage which offers links to vaccine safety-related information.


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