*Helpful Reminder* Recapping Fill Needles
Q: What guidance does OSHA give on recapping fill needles?
A: OSHA is pretty blunt about recapping needles. They donâ€™t recommend it!
The Bloodborne Pathogens standard section (d)(2)(vii) states: â€śContaminated needles and other contaminated sharps shall not be bent, recapped, or removed.â€ť
The violation of the OSHA standard could not only injure staff members but also cost it as much as $7,000 as a serious fine, as classified by OSHA.
If an employer continues this practice, it could become a willful fine, which ups the ante to $70,000.