Using Safety Needles in an Orthopedic Practice
Occasionally a physicianâ€™s office may feel, due to their specialty or other reasons, that they are an exception to using safety needles in their practice. Here is an answer from OSHA:
Q: Our orthopedic practice only gives steroid injections. Are we required to use safety needles?
A: Yes. The use of safety needles is a requirement for any healthcare facility that is subject to the Bloodborne Pathogens standard.
OSHAâ€™s 2004 letter of interpretation, â€śBloodborne Pathogens Standard application to small healthcare facilities and the annual review of the Exposure Control Plan,â€ť explains that physician offices, clinics, and dental practices must provide safety-engineered sharps devices and needleless systems to employees.