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Cal/OSHA Warns About Use of Needle Syringes Lacking Anti-Stick Protection

March 03, 2009

By Sanjay Ranchod

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) recently alerted employers in the health care industry to the use of certain pre-filled syringes containing one of the 2008-09 seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines that lack a safety device to protect the user from needlesticks. Businesses that allow their employees to use these syringes are subject to enforcement by Cal/OSHA because the products do not satisfy the requirements of Californias Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard.