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BECTON DICKINSON SPONSORS AMA TRAINING PROGRAM ON OSHA REGULATIONS SPECIAL REPORT TO AIR ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL

 BECTON DICKINSON SPONSORS AMA TRAINING PROGRAM ON OSHA REGULATIONS
 SPECIAL REPORT TO AIR ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
 FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Becton Dickinson and Company has provided an educational grant to the American Medical Association (AMA) for the development of a training program on the new regulations recently passed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These regulations are intended to protect health care workers from the occupational hazards associated with AIDS, Hepatitis and other bloodborne pathogens. The regulations become effective March 6, 1992, and affect hospitals, clinics and physician's offices.
 The training program, entitled, "For Your Protection: The OSHA Regulations on Bloodborne Pathogens," demonstrates the proper procedures for handling blood and blood products including the use and disposal of "sharps" products such as hypodermic needles, blood collection needles, blades, scalpels and intravenous catheters. Becton Dickinson is the world's leading manufacturer of sharps.
 The program will also outline requirements for protective equipment, changes in work practices, post exposure management, and training and documentation procedures. It will be available in training kit form through Becton Dickinson and the AMA, with Becton Dickinson offering a special discounted rate to its customers. The training kit will include a twenty minute video along with teacher and study guides. Physicians and nurses enrolled in the program will qualify for continuing education credit (CME, CEU).
 A film version of "For Your Protection" will be televised on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, Dec. 29, 1991, at 11:00 a.m. EST. There will be three subsequent airings -- Jan. 19, 1992, at 10:30 a.m. EST and Feb. 16, 1992, at 10:30 a.m. EST. The final showing will be announced later in the year.
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 /CONTACT: Camilla Jenkins of Becton Dickinson, 201-847-5369/
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