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Stop Sticks was originally created by NIOSH, but is now updated and maintained by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector Council. The Stop Sticks campaign is a communication intervention aimed at raising awareness among health care workers about their risk of workplace exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps related injuries. This campaign has demonstrated positive impact on the knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of health care workers.

The campaign guidance and resources presented are intended to guide you in developing a successful campaign tailored to your facility’s needs. You may choose to conduct a complete campaign, or only use certain components, depending on the needs and resources available at your facility. The Stop Sticks campaign may be presented as a stand-alone initiative, or it may be tied with other initiatives, such as introduction of a new device with sharps injury protection (SIP) or an annual refresher to remind staff of the hazards associated with sharps and blood and bodily fluid exposures.

Conducting a STOP STICKS Campaign


A special thank you to these NORA Healthcare and Social Assistance (HCSA) Sector Council participants for their efforts to update and maintain the Stop Sticks campaign:

  • Elizabeth Bien- University of Cincinnati
  • Seth Clarenbach- Mayo Clinic
  • Eve Cuny- University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
  • Tricia Delarosa- Department of Health and Human Services
  • June Fisher- San Francisco State University
  • Angela Laramie- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Amber Mitchell- International Safety Center
  • Mary Ogg- Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
  • Peter Orris- University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
Page last reviewed: February 22, 2019