The success of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000

Published in the Nurse Alliance Roundup for March 22, 2012

BY Bill Borwegen

As we experience the current anti-regulatory/anti-worker climate, here is yet another powerful example that contradicts the mythology that regulation is always bad. As this most recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reports, the wildly successful federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 has prevented millions of accidental needlesticks among healthcare workers and has saved thousands of healthcare worker lives.

Below is the link to an 11-minute video we produced at the time the law was passed to document our active members role in getting this crucial law passed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g51WkB9zpEk

The importance of continuing to promulgate new laws and regulations to protect the 99% from the 1% cannot be overstated.

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