Medical sharps

UK regulations covering the hazards to healthcare personnel arising from sharps come into force on 11 May 2013.

26 March 2013

HSE Guidance HSIS7 makes it clear that , though these new regulations are required to ensure UK compliance with an EU Directive, there are no new duties. Duty holders, whether in UK or elsewhere, should view the details in the Regulations and HSE Guidance as thorough descriptions of good practices for minimising and managing the hazards from medical sharps.

HSIS7 makes it clear that the new regulations apply offshore - so they are a good opportunity to check that your contracted OH service provider:

a) Is aware of the new legislation (UK only)

b) Already has practices in place aligned with the detailed guidance in HSIS7.