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Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Safer Needle Devices

List of Devices Designed to Prevent Percutaneous Injury and Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens in the Health Care Setting
Developed by the University of Virginia's International Health Care Worker Safety Center.

International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS)
ISIPS is an international group of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, health organizations, healthcare professionals, and medical waste disposal experts. It was formed to reduce the number of accidental sharps injuries that occur globally by promoting the use of safety-engineered products and services.

Needlestick-Prevention Device Selection Guide
Sponsored by ECRI, an independent nonprofit health services research agency.

Association of Needle-Free Injection Manufacturers
The ANFIM mission is to actively seeks affiliations with others who share the common goal of discovering safer healthcare technologies to avoid sharps injuries.

A user-based performance standard for the design, evaluation, and selection of medical devices.

TDICT: Evaluation Tools
Evaluation tools for evaluating medical devices.

Other Engineering Controls

Glass Capillary Tubes: Joint Safety Advisory About Potential Risks, February 1999
Recommended steps that can minimize the potential risk of injury and/or infection from bloodborne pathogens due to accidental breakage of glass capillary tubes.

Selecting, Evaluating, and Using Sharps Disposal Containers
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-111, January 1998
This document presents a comprehensive framework for selecting sharps disposal containers and evaluating their efficacy as part of an overall needlestick injury prevention plan.

Personal Protective Equipment Resources

Protective Clothing

Considerations for Selecting Protective Clothing used in Healthcare for Protection against Microorganisms in Blood and Body Fluids
This document provides an overview of scientific evidence and information on national and international standards, test methods, and specifications for fluid-resistant and impermeable gowns and coveralls used in healthcare. This document focuses on selecting protective clothing primarily on the basis of their barrier properties. It does not address all aspects of garments related to their design, integrity, durability, comfort, and functionality.

Latex Gloves

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Latex Allergy

Preventing Allergic Reactions to Natural Rubber Latex in the Workplace
DHHS (NIOSH) Alert NIOSH Publication Number 97-135 (June 1997)
En Español
Describes six case reports of workers who developed latex allergy and presents NIOSH recommendations for minimizing latex-related health problems.

Latex Allergy—A Prevention Guide
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 98-113 (February 1999)
Latex gloves have proved effective in preventing transmission of many infectious diseases to health care workers, but for some workers exposures to latex may result in allergic reactions.

Eye Protection

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic:  Eye Protection for Infection Control