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Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Regulations

made under Section 11 of the

Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Act

S.N.S. 2006, c. 7

O.I.C. 2008-133, (March 26, 2008), N.S. Reg. 115/2008


1     These regulations may be cited as the Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Regulations.


2     In these regulations,


                (a)    “Act” means the Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Act;


                (b)    “specialty needle” means a needle other than


                         (i)     a needle used to draw blood,


                         (ii)    a needle used for intravenous purposes, and


                         (iii)   an injection hypodermic needle.

Exemptions from requirement for safety-engineered needle

3     In all of the following circumstances, an employer is exempt from the requirement in the Act to ensure that employees use safety-engineered needles:


                (a)    when an employee is using a needle other than in the direct care and treatment of a person;


                (b)    until June 30, 2008, when a needle being used by an employee is a specialty needle or a needle from a pre-packaged kit, tray or pack.