In the past, the rise in sharps injuries was directly correlated to the hire of new staff members and undergraduate participation in an animal science course taught at the university. Many were not proficient in handling animals or needles and syringes. In 2017 the animal science course was discontinued. In 2017 and 2018 there was a large turnover in staff resulting in the addition of four new staff members. Even with the decrease in undergraduate student injuries, it would have expected to see a jump in sharps injuries among FLSC staff. The training of new hires and the stress placed on safety has resulted in a demonstrated decrease in sharps injuries.
Submitted by Valerie Schroeder, Compliance and Technical Services Team Lead,
Friemann Life Science Center