Scalpel Injury Prevention Guidance
ENGINEERING CONTROLS- ROUND TIP SCALPEL BLADES AS A SOLUTION FOR PREVENTING SHARPS INJURIES.
08 November, 2011

The use of engineering controls is an integral part of any Exposure Control Plan.

Blunt-tip suture needles have been identified by OSHA as an example of an engineering control to reduce percutaneous injuries.

CDC has identified round tip scalpel blades as an example of an engineering control to reduce percutaneous injuries. OSHA, NIOSH, and CDC have jointly released a safety and health information bulletin
“Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuires to Surgical Personnel” presenting evidence of the effectiveness of blunt-tip in decreasing percutaneous injuires and strongly encourage the use of blunt tip suture needles.

Scalpel blades: The CDC and the AORN in their workbook and guidance statement have identified round-tip scalpel blades as an example of an engineering control to reduce percutaneous injuries. The Exposure Prevention and Information Network (EPINET) of the University of Virginia’s International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, in its Checklist for Sharps Injury Prevention asks, “Are scalpel blades with safety features used such as round-tipped scalpel blades…?”