Sharps Injury Prevention List and Information

March 2016

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In all workplaces where employees are exposed to contaminated needles or other contaminated sharps, the employer shall comply with 29CFR 1910.1030, Tennessee Code Annotated 50-3-203(e)(1)-(e)(4) and Tennessee Rule 0800-1-10 as follows:


  • Evaluate available engineered sharps injury prevention devices
  • Select the devices most appropriate to your procedures and workplace
  • Use the selected devices
  • Involve frontline employees directly involved in patient care in the evaluation and selection
  • Train  employees to use the devices
  • Document the solicitation of input
  • Update annually the Exposure Control Plan to document the devices evaluated and those placed into use
  • Maintain a Sharps Injury Log with:
    • Type and brand of device involved in the exposure incident
    • Department or work area of occurrence
    • Explanation of how it occurred

The list below is to assist employers in complying with changes in Tennessee Code Annotated Section 50-3-203 (Senate Bill 1023/House Bill 634).   Inclusion of types of devices does not represent or imply any evaluation, endorsement, or approval by The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Tennessee Department of Health, or any other agency.  This list is not all inclusive.

Types of Devices and Engineering Controls
Injection Equipment
Needle guards-sliding sheath/ sleeve, hinged recap
Needleless jet injection
Retractable needles
Prefilled syringes
Medication Vial Adaptors (Used to access ports of medication vials)
IV Medication Delivery Systems
Needle guards for pre-filled medication cartridges
Needleless IV access-blunted cannulas
Needleless valve/access ports and connectors
Prefilled medication cartridge with safety needles
Recessed/protected needle
Needle guards for pre-filled medication cartridges
IV Insertion Devices
Shielded or retracting peripheral IV catheters
Shielded midline IV catheters
IV Catheter Securement Devices
Blood Collection Devices/dt>  
Hinged recapping needle
Plastic blood collection tubes
Retracting needle
Self-blunting needle
Shielded winged blood collection needles
Single use sliding sheath blood collection needle and tube holder
Blood Donor Phlebotomy Devices
Guidewire Introducers - for venous and arterial access
Arterial Blood Gas Syringes
Closed Venous Sampling Systems
Umbilical Cord Sampling
Laser lancet
Retracting Strip Lancet
Strip Lancet
Laboratory Devices
Hemoglobin reader
Mylar-wrapped glass capillary tubes
Plastic capillary tubes
Protected needles for blood culture vial access
Vacuum tube stopper
Plastic fingerstick sampling blood collection tube
Slide preparation devices
Surgical Scalpels
Sliding Sheath scalpel
Quick-release scalpel blade handles
Retracting scalpel
Laser scalpel
Ultrasonic scalpel
Blunted Suture Needles
Surgical Glues & Adhesives
Alternative Skin Closure Devices
Surgical Sharps Protection
Hands free transfer disposable magnetic drapes
Sharps counting and disposal system
Magnetic floor sweep
Scalpel blade removal system
Hemodialysis and Aphaeresis Devices
Urine Sampling Devices
Needleless urine sampling port
Sharps Disposal or Destruction Containers
Irrigation Splash Shield (Eliminates use of needles in debridement procedures)
Blood Bank Devices
Nuclear Medicine Devices
Dental Safety Devices
Cut or puncture-resistant barrier products
Liners or pads
Huber Needle Removal Devices
Smallpox Vaccination Needles
Vaginal Retractors
Surgical Prep Razors
Bone Marrow Collection System - sealed collection bag

The next list below contains website resources that can be used for the purposes of information and research. The examples of effective engineering controls in this list do not include all those on the market, but are simply representative of the devices available. Neither the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development nor the Tennessee Department of Health approve, endorse, register or certify any medical devices. Inclusion on this list does not indicate approval, endorsement, registration or certification.