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    Canberra, Australia:
    A security guard at a construction site at Canberra's city center was struck with a piece of wood and stabbed multiple times with a syringe. He was released after being treated.

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/060402/2/ygi5.html

    That is a good way for an attacker to deliberately spread disease, including the AIDS virus. This is why I always wear search gloves while doing pat-downs.
    "We appreciate all the hard work you've done, the dedicated hours you have worked, and the lives you have saved. However, since this is your third time being late to work, we are terminating your employment here."

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    A peer of mine when I did loss prevention had the same thing occur. Stopped a shoplifter and the guy stabbed him over twenty times with the needle before it broke off in my buddy's stomach. He had to be screened for AIDS and go through a long process of testing before he finally got the all clear.

    He was only young (mid-20's), recently married and a baby on the way at the time.

    Always watch their hands!!

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    • #3
      If the perp. tested positive for HIV, I wonder if he could be charged with attempted murder?
      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mr. Security
        If the perp. tested positive for HIV, I wonder if he could be charged with attempted murder?
        Criminal Transmission of HIV, as well, if the state has it.
        Some Kind of Commando Leader

        "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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        • #5
          Tim Luckey
          USAF Police, Ret.

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          • #6
            Good information, for the most part. However, since the mouth is full of bacteria, I'm am not convinced that the risk of infection is low.
            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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            • #7
              I would much rather get bit by a dog then a human...But this is according to the CDC. My question has always been, "then how do all these dentist come up with HIV?"
              Tim Luckey
              USAF Police, Ret.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by luckey
                I would much rather get bit by a dog then a human...But this is according to the CDC. My question has always been, "then how do all these dentist come up with HIV?"
                And, just to add to your question, how come people with mitral valve prolapse have to take antibiotics before seeing a dentist IF the bacteria in the mouth isn't that bad?
                Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                • #9
                  Good info. In the hotel industry it is not only Security that has to deal with these issues. In the past 5 years, 3 Maids have been stabbed by disguarded needles. And from the most unlikely looking guests. 2 were businessmen. You'd think they would at least cap their needles after using them
                  I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                  Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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                  • #10
                    OSHA requires employers to, supply PPE at not cost the the employees and in various sizes

                    Keep in mind that OSHA does not believe that the job code for "security guard and survelience agent" has an occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, and that your companies generally do not have to provide PPE for anything except inclement weather.
                    Some Kind of Commando Leader

                    "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                    • #11
                      Am I right in believing that OSHA is a federal government agency? I'm interested in the differences between the US & Canada. Canada has one criminal code for the whole country. I believe each state has their own. In Canada workers health & safety is a provincial government responsibilty in the US it's the federal government! (The CSST in Quebec - the Commission de Sante et Securite aux Travail).
                      I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                      Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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                      • #12
                        OSHA is a federal agency. Some states, if they have an OSHA program that meets criteria, can regulate as OSHA's agent. There are universal federal OSHA regulations, and then states can add additional regulation onto the federal. California, for example, has many added regulations for worker safety.
                        Some Kind of Commando Leader

                        "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                        • #13
                          there is 2 junkies that get out of a taxi behind the mall i work in go into the chemist then come into mall and shoot up in the toilets.the male guard that was there before me had banned them from the mall but because he didnt keep records or even write it in the occurance books i cant have them charged with tresspassing.the police have to know when they were served and how long they were banned.if i see them come in i call the police and let them deal with them.people might think thats gutless and say im not doing my job but i know these people have needles and i know they have just shot up and feel invinceable i have a family to get home to.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ozsecuritychic
                            if i see them come in i call the police and let them deal with them.people might think thats gutless and say im not doing my job but i know these people have needles and i know they have just shot up and feel invinceable i have a family to get home to.
                            There is nothing to be ashamed of there ozsecuritychic! Unlike a lot of our American friends we in our countries are rarely armed, not even with Tazers or pepper spray. As I've mentioned a few times in posts, I believe we are First Responders to emergencies. it is up to us to respond, find out what is going on, try to control it UNTIL the police, fire or ambulance arrive.

                            Just for clarification does chemist=pharmacy?
                            I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
                            Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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                            • #15
                              OSHA is a federal standard but for AZ I got the following answer, atleast for AZ
                              "The Arizona OSHA program follows the federal standards, which, in the case of bloodborne pathogens, means that first responders would be covered under the standard if they were at risk of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Appropriate PPE would be required if the potential for exposure exists, along with training being provided in accordance with the standard."

                              Fernando J. Mendieta,

                              Training Officer

                              Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health

                              800 W. Washington St.

                              Phoenix, AZ 85007

                              602-542-1640
                              Tim Luckey
                              USAF Police, Ret.

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