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Only 57 per cent of inspected healthcare organisations had such procedures in place, noted the report. During 2015, the HSA carried out 164 inspections and 13 investigations in the health sector.
The 2015 report stated that compliance with the EU’s Sharps Regulations 2014 (Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector) was at 69 per cent for documented risk assessments, 79 per cent for using safety devices required by this assessment, and 90 per cent on the prohibition of needle recapping.
A review of trends and patterns in health and safety in healthcare during the period 2010 to 2014 was undertaken by the HSA to inform the development of a new plan for the healthcare sector. The plan was produced to outline the Authority’s approach from 2016 onwards. Sources of information included data collected by the HSA and external sources such as the Central Statistics Office, Department of Health, EU-OSHA and research by the ESRI.
Overall, there were 10,880 workplace inspections and investigations carried out in 2015 by the HSA, with over half of these targeting the agriculture (3,056) and construction (3,932) sectors. The manufacturing sector received the third-highest number of inspections, with 1,108 conducted.