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The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

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7.—(1) Where an employer is notified of any incident at work in which an employee has suffered an injury from a medical sharp, the employer shall—

(a)record the incident;

(b)investigate the circumstances and cause of the incident; and

(c)take any necessary action to prevent a recurrence.

(2) Additionally, where an employer is notified of any incident at work in which an employee has suffered an injury caused by a medical sharp that exposed, or may have exposed, the employee to a biological agent, the employer shall—

(a)take immediate steps to ensure that the employee receives medical advice;

(b)ensure that any treatment advised by a registered medical practitioner, including post-exposure prophylaxis, is made available to the employee; and

(c)consider providing the employee with counselling.

(3) In this regulation—

(a)“biological agent” means a micro-organism, cell culture or human endoparasite, whether or not genetically modified, which may cause infection, allergy, toxicity or otherwise create a hazard to human health; and

(b)“post-exposure prophylaxis” means a course of treatment of medicine administered to a person after exposure, or suspected exposure, to a biological agent in order to prevent infection or development of disease caused by that biological agent.

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