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With the increasing demand for cosmetic and aesthetic procedures, such as injections of Botox® for the improvement of frown lines, or dermal fillers for wrinkles, needlestick safety is something which everyone working in the cosmetic industry needs to be acutely aware of as part of their day-to-day role.
The risk of needlestick injuries is the highest among those who directly handle sharps but also among workers who may inadvertently be put at risk when sharps are not stored or disposed of correctly. The main risk from a sharps injury is the potential exposure to infections. When you consider the risk of infection following a needlestick injury is estimated to be 1 in 3 for HBV, 1 in 30 for HCV and 1 in 300 for HIV (for healthcare workers worldwide), it is vital that safety procedures are put in place and are followed at all times.
In the UK, the Health & Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, were introduced to meet a new EU directive which aimed to create safer working environments and prevent needlestick injuries.
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