News archives (prior to 2010)


Center news

2009
December:

- Chinese delegation visits Center for training in occupational exposure prevention.
More .
- Ginger Parker conducts EPINet sharps injury surveillance training in Bogota and Medellin, Columbia, awarding 58 EPINet certificates.
More.

October:
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Elayne Kornblatt Phillips visits Sao Paulo, Brazil, to attend a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centers and National Reference Institutions meeting on "Sustainable Development and Environmental Health."
More.

September:
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Center partners with Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and BD to help support new Occupational Safety Center for Health Workers at Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. More
here and here .
- Ginger Parker travels to Maracay, Venezuela, to participate in the First Regional Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean on Health Protection for Healthcare Workers.
More.

August:
- Center conducts EPINet training at WHO-sponsored healthcare worker safety conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
More.
- EPINet 2007 data reports now available.
More
- August issue of Health Purchasing News discusses trends in sharps safety products, with comments by IHWSC Associate Director Jane Perry. Read article
here .

June:
- Russian physicians visit Center for one-week Training Program in Occupational Exposure Prevention.
More.

April:
- The United States Court of Appeals (DC Circuit) rendered a decision in Metwest v. U.S. Secretary of Labor, a case for which Center staff member Jane Perry served as an expert witness in 2005 on behalf of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Metwest, a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics, a major U.S. lab company, had refused to comply with OSHA's requirement that blood tube holders used during phlebotomy procedures be disposed of after use, with phlebotomy needle attached, to avoid needlestick injury risk. The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of OSHA/DOL and denied Metwest's petition for review. Read decision
here .

2008 
September:

- Six physician-fellows from India visited the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center for a week of training in occupational exposure prevention. Watch an interview with Janine Jagger and one of the fellows
here. Read more here.

December:
- Center study reviews history of sharps safety and needlestick prevention in U.S., details impact of Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. Read more
here.



National/international news

2009
August:
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U.S. State Department announces public-private partnership to improve safety of blood-drawing practices for healthcare workers and patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.
More .

July:
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Read the full text of the EU "Framework Agreement" on sharps injury prevention signed by HOSPEEM and EPSU on July 19, 2009,
here .
- U.K.'s Royal College of Nursing calls for EU agreement on sharps injuries to be implemented quickly.
More .

June:
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European healthcare employee and employer trade organizations reach agreement on use of safety devices; European Union expected to pass safety needle legislation by end of 2009.
More.
- A blog on nursingtimes.net by Susan Elden describes conditions for nurses in Swaziland, where the HIV adult population prevalence is 25%.
More.

May:
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A new tropical disease risk for healthcare workers: Lujo virus.
More.

2008
December:
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CalOSHA issues hazard alert regarding pre-filled flu vaccine syringes with unprotected needles; OSHA issues standard interpretation letter on same subject.

October:
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A U.S. company providing dental servies will pay $44,550 in fines to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an employee sustained a sharps injury from a contaminated needle.
More.  

September:
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Safety needles mandatory in all Ontario hospitals as of September 1, 2008.
More.  

NOTE TO VISITORS:

As of January 2013, this website is no longer being
actively updated. It will continue to be accessible
as a UVA site for its research and historical value.

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.

For additional resources, go to: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/pub/epinet

EPINet data for 2010 and 2011
Consensus Statement and Call to Action on Sharps Safety released March 2012