Position Statement on Surgical Plume
The Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) sets the standards for perioperative nurses through the Surgical plume standard and Surgical plume position statement. However, it is the responsibility of health service organisations to implement work health and safety practices which comply with each jurisdiction’s work health and safety (WHS) legislation. It is not the responsibility of ACORN to create or implement legislation; however, ACORN will take an active role in setting the standard and, when required, provide consultation to all state jurisdictions on the management of surgical plume to develop and update WHS legislation.
Although ACORN has a standard on surgical plume and an associated position statement, it is the responsibility of state and territory governments to enact occupational health and safety legislation for the protection of perioperative staff against occupational harm within the workplace.
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