Guidance (Guidelines, Handbooks, Tool Kits, Films)



European Commission / DG EMPL :
Film “From needlesticks to sharps. The added value (in 21 languages)

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA), Bilbao
a) Information on prevention from sharp injuries at the workplace (available in many languages, the link is the one to the English language webpage)
b) E-fact 40 – Risk assessment and needlestick injuries
c) Factsheet 41 – Biological agents
d) E-fact 40 – Risk assessment for care workers

European Biosafety Network :
Implementation Guidance Toolkit for EU Council Directive 2010/32/EU (version of January 2013)

PDF - 583.9 ko EBN Toolkit Implementation Guidance Dir 2010/32/EU
This document was drafted in 2012 by the European Biosafety Network (EBN) and colleagues of UNISON.
More information on the EBN sent to the EPSU Secretariat and links to their website and other documents issues can be found in the file below.

PDF - 120.4 ko info EBN

World Health Organisation (WHO)
WHO – Policy Checklist for Bloodborne Exposure Control


Prévention des Blessures Par Objets Tranchants (CSC SP)
PDF - 989.3 ko Guidance – Belgium : Prevention from Sharps Injuries” / CSC SP – in FR

a) Appendix A : Draft Safety and Health at Work Laws 1996-2011 The Safety and Health at Work : Framework Agreement on the prevention of injuries caused by sharp objects in the hospital sector and the broader health care sector : Regulations 2012
Παράρτημα Α : ΠΡΟΣΧΕΔΙΟ : Οι περί Ασφάλειας και Υγείας στην Εργασία Νόμοι του 1996 έως 2011 : Οι περί Ασφάλειας και Υγείας στην Εργασία (Συμφωνία – Πλαίσιο σχετικά με την πρόληψη των τραυματισμών που προκαλούνται από αιχμηρά αντικείμενα στον νοσοκομειακό τομέα και ευρύτερα στον τομέα παροχής φροντίδας υγείας) : Κανονισμοί του 2012
PDF - 259.2 koCY – Regulation Transposing FA

b) Ministy of Health : Central Committee : Hospital Infections : Instructions for management of contaminated sharps
PDF - 367.9 ko MoH – Instructions Management Contaminated Sharps

c) General Hospital Nicosia Office : Hospital Infection Control : Guidelines for the management of waste
PDF - 140.5 ko General Hospital Nicosia Hospital Control Guidelines Waste Management

Arbejdsmiljoeweb : Stikboksen – et ressourcested om stikskader på sygehuse – in DK

a) Irmeli Vuoriliuto : Do not let a needlestick get you by surprise : Accident Hazard – Tehy Study on Needlesticks and Injuries that occured due to sharps injuries – in EN
PDF - 2.1 Mo Guidance : Finland : Tehy Study Prevention Needlestick Injuries – in EN

b) Information Leaflet Tehy

PDF - 113.1 ko TEHY leaflet – FIN

PDF - 122.4 ko TEHY leaflet – SV

PDF - 127.6 ko TEHY leaflet – EN

a) Modellprojekt “STOP Nadelstich – Sicherheit durch Training + Organisation + Produktauswahl”
b) Webseite UK NRW/bgw “Sicheres Krankenhaus”
c) Case Study (EU-OSHA) from University Hosptial Heidelberg : Needlestick — how to prevent needlestick injuries effectively ?

Prevention of blood- and bodily fluid-borne viral diseases during health care
PDF - 235.6 koGuidance : Hungary : National Center for Epidemiology Guidance – in HU

N.B. : The guidance was issued in 2003 by the National Center for Epidemiology.
Summary information on the main contents : The guide addresses themes like vaccination, post-exposure prophylaxis, prevention, assessing the probability of transmission, disinfection, waste treatment, prohibiting recapping, etc. 10 years ago, safety devices were very rare so there is not too much information on them.

a) Azienda Ospedaliera “Maggiore Della Carità”, Novara : Disposizioni in merito alle contaminazioni con materiale biologico a seguito di infortunio
PDF - 129 ko Guidance : Italy : Guidance Hospital Novara – in IT

b) Azienda Ospedaliera di Rilievo Nazionale e di Alta Specializzazione (ARNAS) Garibaldi Catania : Servizio Prevenzione et Protezione : Procedure da adottare nella manipolazione di strumenti acuminati e/o taglienti
PDF - 158.7 ko Guidance : Italy : Guidance Hospital Catania – in IT

The Netherlands
a) Werkgroup Infectiepreventie : Ziekenhuisen : Accidenteel Bloedcontact (October 2012) – in NL
PDF - 180.7 ko Guidance : The Netherlands : Report WG Prevention Sharps Injuries – in NL

b) Amendments in Dutch Legislation in view of Implementation of Directive 2010/32/EU (August 2011) – in NL
PDF - 88.6 ko Guidance : The Netherlands : Amendments Dutch Legislation Implementation Directive 2010/32/EU – in NL

a) FSP UGT : Manual de Uso
PDF - 1.3 Mo FSP UGT Manual de Uso

b) Poster 1 “No Se Declaran Los Acidentes – Enfermera”
PDF - 361.2 ko FSP UGT Poster 1 “No se declaran los acidentes” – Enfermera

c) Poster 2 “No Se Declaran Los Acidentes – Enfermero”
PDF - 275.9 ko FSP UGT Poster 2 “No se declaran los acidentes” – Enfermero

e) Poster 3 “No Dejes Que Juegen Con Tu Salud”
PDF - 172.6 ko FSP UGT Poster 3 “No Dejes Que Juegen Con Tu Salud”

a) Swedish Legislation (2005) : Arbeitsmijöverkets Författningssamling (AFS 2005:1) : Mikrobiologiska Arbeitsmijlörisker – Smitta, Toxinpåverkan, Överkänslighet (2005) – in SV
PDF - 411.8 ko Guidance : Sweden Legislation 2005 / Arbeitsmijöverkets Författningssamling (AFS 2012:7) – in SV

b) Swedish Legislation (2012) : Arbeitsmijöverkets Författningssamling (AFS 2012:7) : Mikrobiologiska Arbeitsmijlörisker – Smitta, Toxinpåverkan, Överkänslighet. Arbeitsmijöverkets Föreskrifter om Ändring i Arbeitsmijöverkets Föreskrifter (AFS 2005:1) om Mikrobiologiska Arbeitsmijlörisker – Smitta, Toxinpåverkan, Överkänslighet (2012) – in SV
PDF - 1.7 Mo Guidance : Sweden Legislation 2012 / Arbeitsmijöverkets Författningssamling (AFS 2012:7) – in SV

c) Description & Summary Project Prevention from Needlestick Injuries : Insatser för förebyggande av skador och smitta pga. vassa instrument, bl.a. stick- och skärskador inom hälso- och sjukvården (in SV)
PDF - 251.2 ko Guidance – Sweden : Project “Reduction of Sharps Injuries” – in SV

d) Study on the prevention from injuries with sharps injuries (in SV)

I) Summary in EN
PDF - 103.1 ko Summary Information IVN Study Sharps Injuries – EN

II) Detailed information in SV
Stick- och skärskador inom hälso- och sjukvården – Förebyggande insatser för skador och smitta pga. vassa instrument

United Kingdom
a) Joint Social Partners’ Guidance
PDF - 497.7 ko Guidance : United Kingdom : Joint Social Partners’ Guidance “Needlestick Injury” – in EN

b) NHS Employers / Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health in Healthcare (POSHH) & Safer Needles Network : Advise on the Prevention from Sharps Injuries
PDF - 521.4 ko Guidance : United Kingdom : NHS / POSHH : Advise Prevention Sharps Injuries – in EN

c) Royal College of Nursing (RCN) : Sharps Safety : RCN Guidance to support implementation of the EU Directive 2010/32/EU on the prevention of sharps injuries in the health care sector]
PDF - 843.9 ko Guidance : United Kingdom : RCN : Sharps Safety – in EN

d) UNISON : Needlestick injuries. A guide for Local Government safety representatives


EC/DG EMPL film “From needlesticks to sharps – The added value” on the making of directive 2010/32/EU on the prevention of sharps injuries

During summer 2011 DG EMPL produced a video on the elaboration of the Framework Agreement on prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector concluded by HOSPEEM and EPSU on 17 July 2009.

Based on the procedures stipulated in Art. 154 and 155 2 of the TFEU this autonomous agreement of the European sectoral social partners in the hospital sector on 10 May 2010 became Directive 2010/32/EU.

The video “From needlesticks to sharps – The added value” i.a. contains interviews with Carola Fischbach-Pyttel, General Secretary of EPSU, Godfrey Perera, Secretary General of HOSPEEM, François Ziegler, DG EMPL, Steven Hughes, MEP, and Ana Salegui, a Spanish nurse injured in 1991 and later in Spain becoming a spokesperson for other health workers suffering from a sharps injury.
It has been issued in 2011 in a version with English subtitles. As of February 2012 the film has also become available in all offical EU languages.

PSI Film “Sharp Sense – Promoting the safety of health care workers”

This project has received funding from the European Commission