International Resources on Sharps Injury Prevention

Austrian Needlestick Injury Handbook
This Web site provides information on the prevention of accidents regarding needle stick injuries in the health care sector needle injuries
One of the biggest European projects to prevent blood-transmitted infections among healthcare professionals is completed. A website, a CD-ROM, a handbook and a film on this topic in German and English. are now available. The website is located at
The project, supported by the Austrian General Accident Insurance Institute and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work contains a variety of information and training media for the prevention of blood-transmitted infections among healthcare professionals.
The potential for health risks for all persons employed in healthcare is particularly high: according to the labour statistics of the European Union the number of occupational accidents among this group is 33% higher than among the employees of any other professional field. In their daily work, nursing and laboratory staff, doctors and cleaners frequently handle sharp and pointed objects such as syringes and scalpels. These could be contaminated with the body fluids of patients, whose infection status is unknown.
Needle wounds and cuts produced by such contaminated objects may lead to blood-transmitted infections like Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Quality assurance measures for the areas of hospital hygiene and safety in Austria have not until now been standardised or nationally regulated in a uniform manner. By providing proven protective measures as well as guidelines for responsible behaviour, this media package, consisting of a CD-ROM, a training film and a handbook, represents an important contribution to the prevention of accidents. These materials are provided free of charge. For more information go to the website .
NGO related to AIDS. An article on needlestick injuries-prevention and treatment following an incident is provided.
Evaluating safer needles - a UNISON guide
New South Wales state guidelines