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Safe in Common Offers Experienced Advice for U.K.'s Review of Needlestick Safety Regulations
Date:9/6/2012

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Safe in Common (SIC) today encouraged the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to build on the lessons learned in the United States as it reviews the development of national laws designed to protect healthcare personnel from needlestick injuries.

Safe in Common is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting 5.6 million U.S. healthcare workers at risk of needlestick injury.  The Chairperson of Safe in Common, Dr. Mary Foley, has been active in the American Nurses Association since 1994 and was President from 2000-2002.  She played a key role in the adoption of several state initiatives to reduce injuries to healthcare workers and worked at the national level to secure passage of the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in 2000.

Dr. Foley welcomed the start of a six month review by HSE, which comes in response to an E.U. directive adopted in 2010 that requires all European member states to implement national laws for needlestick prevention by May 2013. These laws will seek to mandate the use of safety-engineered devices and other procedures to protect those at risk of infection with blood-borne pathogens such as HIV from needlestick and sharp object injuries. The E.U. Commission for Employment has estimated that needlestick injuries are one of the most serious health and safety threats in European workplaces, and the cause of approximately one million injuries each year.

Dr. Foley said: "It is promising that E.U. countries including the U.K. are seeking feedback from industry leaders regarding the development of the most effective national legislation to protect healthcare workers at risk of harm. We believe it's wise for them to pay close attention to what's transpired in the
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