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Engineering Controls

Engineering controls are devices that isolate the worker from the hazard of exposure.
Examples include:
  • Needle devices with built in safety features (top image on the right), including the use of:
    • Needleless systems when possible
    • Self-sheathing needles and catheters
    • Intravenous medication delivery systems using a catheter port with protected needle
  • Sharps disposal containers (bottom image on the right)
  • Disposable resuscitators (image below)
  • Biological safety cabinets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Splash shields
Proper use of engineering controls in your workplace will help protect you from bloodborne pathogens.