Welcome to Safety Devices & Waiver Application

Welcome! Today is Apr 18, 2014.

Under both federal and state laws all healthcare institutions are obliged to preferentially employ safety-designed needles and other sharps.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has undertaken an extensive review of available products, including consultation and trials by our users, in order to select the best products as we work toward compliance.  Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees through the use of safety devices designed to reduce the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens via needle stick or device injury.  Safety devices should be used for all procedures in all patients.  In the event a device is needed for which there is no safety alternative or the use of the safety device is felt to impede patient care, VUMC personnel may apply to the OSHA Waiver Committee for a specific waiver. 

Please bear in mind that all U.S. hospitals face the same circumstances.  Thus, it is expected that the applicant will survey several similar institutions to see how they have addressed the specific problem in question.  This survey should include a total of 5 teaching hospitals and should be included in the application.  We are aware that those are strenuous conditions, but please understand that the institution is legally obliged to put healthcare worker safety first. 

Non-Safety Item Waiver Process (Application Process Flowchart )

  • An Application for Waiver for Use of Non-Safety Devices should be completed and submitted ONLINEto the OSHA Waiver Committee. Please click 'Log in' on the left menu to start the online submsision.
  • Following review by the OSHA Waiver Committee, those applications meriting further review will be presented at the OSHA Waiver Committee.  At this meeting, the applicant will be expected to present their application, including the clinical rationale for need of a non-safety item and the institutional survey results.
  • The OSHA Waiver Committee will then vote on the waiver.

The OSHA Waiver Committee will monitor the use of the non-safety items during biannual EOC tours and via specific annual review.  The waiver may be suspended or revoked if deemed necessary by the members of the OSHA Waiver Committee if non-approved use of the non-safety item is identified.