The survey also looked into product purchases and awareness which found that:
9% of dentists were not aware of safer sharps
44% are aware of the availability of safer sharps but have no intention to purchase
47% have or intend to purchase in the next 12 months
The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 came into effect in May 2013 and require employers to use safer sharps incorporating protection mechanisms to prevent or minimise the risk of accidental injury.
HSE has produced an information sheet, Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, to assist employers and employees to understand their legal obligations under the Regulations.
For general information on managing the risk from sharps injuries please see the HSE website.