OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 35 Health Care and Industries with Biological Hazards

Section 525.2 Medical sharps

(1) Subsections (2) and (3) come into effect on July 1, 2010.

(2) An employer must provide and ensure that any medical sharp is a safety-engineered medical sharp.

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if

(a) use of the required safety-engineered medical sharp is not clinically appropriate in the particular circumstances, or

(b) the required safety-engineered sharp is not available in commercial markets.

(4) An employer must develop and implement safe work procedures for the use and disposal of medical sharps if a worker is required to use or dispose of a medical sharp.

(5) An employer must ensure that a worker who is required to use and dispose of a medical sharp is trained in the safe work procedures required by subsection (4) and such training must include

(a) the hazards associated with the use and disposal of medical sharps,

(b) the proper use and limitations of safety-engineered medical sharps,

(c) procedures to eliminate accidental contact with medical sharps, and

(d) any other relevant information.

(6) A worker must use and dispose of a medical sharp in accordance with the training provided by the employer.