Firemen wear fire-retardant clothing to protect them from burns. Police officers use bullet proof vests that can protect them in the line of fire.
Yet there are 5.6 million healthcare personnel in the U.S that lack access to safety-engineered medical devices that can fully protect them from occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
Those who sign the Safe in Common pledge recognize that conventional medical equipment and existing standards for needlestick prevention are insufficient. They agree that every needlestick incident can be avoided with the right equipment, the right procedures and the right culture.
During 2012 and 2013, Safe in Common will travel across the U.S to engage with healthcare personnel to hear their concerns, raise their hopes and unite them together behind the creation of a workplace environment that is free from the risk of needlestick injury.