Engineering Controls

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Engineering Controls

Engineering controls reduce employee exposure in the workplace by either removing or isolating the hazard or isolating the worker from exposure. Examples of engineering controls include:
  • Needleless IV tubing
  • Biological safety cabinets (BSCs)
  • Laboratory instrumentation with closed tube sampling
  • Needle safety devices (eg, self-sheathing needles)
  • Plastic blood collection tubes
  • Puncture-resistant containers for the disposal of contaminated sharps
  • Resuscitation bags