What is the Dart Acquiring and Removal Tool (D.A.R.T.)?
The D.A.R.T. Pro® System and X-TRACTOR Tip® System were developed for law enforcement. These tools allow officers to remove contaminated TASER® darts from individuals without the risk of a needle-stick type injury that could lead to an infection. The law enforcement officer who uses the D.A.R.T. Pro® System does not need to touch the stun-gun dart with their hands any longer.
- Is the tool comfortable for left handers?
Yes. Easy to Use, for Left or Right Handed Users
- Why do I need the Dart Acquiring and Removal Tool (D.A.R.T.)?
Legal- Federal law requires employers to annually search for technically improved means of protecting workers from the possibility of infection from needle-stick type injuries. The law also requires employers to develop an Exposure Control Plan for keeping workers safe. Employers must review and update this plan annually. The D.A.R.T. Pro® and X-TRACTOR Tip® System is an affordable device that can help protect against TASER® dart removal lawsuits.
Financial- An employee who contracts an illness can cost an employer time and money for testing, treatment and lost time. An agency faces heavy expenses in hiring and retraining of new personnel. A basic needle-stick test (for HIV, AIDs or other hepatitis viruses) can cost more than $1,200 and the PEP for HIV first year of testing can total $5,000 or more. One year of the required testing for hepatic C is likely to run $26,000, according to some of the latest figures. Thus if initial tests come back positive, an employer could spend more than $42,000 for a single person in testing alone. This does not include time-loss from work or the expense of hiring and training a new employee if that is necessary.
Health- The D.A.R.T. Pro® and X-TRACTOR Tip® System protects the employee from infections from such bloodborne pathogens including HIV-AIDS and various strains of Hepatitis and MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus). The D.A.R.T. Pro® and X-TRACTOR Tip® System prevents the user from coming in contact with the blood and tissue of the individual who has been stunned. The user simply presses the D.A.R.T. Pro® and X-TRACTOR Tip® System over the dart, securing the dart inside the tip. It prevents the user from the possibility of sticking themselves with the contaminated TASER® dart. And it sure beats the method of using a pair of pliers and forcing the dart into the container it came out of or dropping the dart into a plastic bag.
- How does the D.A.R.T. Pro™ protect the user from bloodborne pathogens?
The D.A.R.T. Pro™ and X-TRACTOR Tip® System user never touches the stun gun dart. First, the user fits the D.A.R.T. Pro™ with an X-TRACTOR tip®. The user then places the D.A.R.T. Pro™ over the stun gun dart, presses the tip to force the stun-gun dart into the X-TRACTOR Tip®. Two darts can be retrieved by each X-Tractor Tip®. (Stun guns normally release two darts each time the gun is fired). With the darts enclosed in the tip, the user presses a Red Locking Cap over the tip, permanently sealing the tip. No human hands need to touch the stun gun dart.
- Can darts penetrating a person’s skin contain enough blood to infect a worker removing the dart to cause that worker to become infected if using only pliers to remove the darts?
Yes, even dried blood from one individual can transmit pathogens to another individual, according to the CDC.
- Is there any sector of society free from possible exposure to hepatitis B virus?
OSHA states that "there is no population that is risk-free for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus infectivity." The agency states that any employee who has occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material is included with the scope of the OSHA standards and must be protected by the employer.
- What are bloodborne pathogens?
OSHA defines bloodborne pathogens as "pathogenic microorganisims that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include – but are not limited to – hepatitis B virus (HVB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)."
- What is an Exposure Control Plan?
Employers of any persons who are likely to come in contact with persons infected with bloodborne pathogens are required by federal law to provide a written plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to the pathogens. Federal law includes the requirement that employers keep up with technical advances designed to help protect employees from exposure to such contaminants.
- What is occupational exposure?
OSHA defines occupational exposure to mean "reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or contact with blood or other potentially infectious material that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties."
- What are the requirements of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Act?
The standards include rules specific to certain types of wastes generated, including blood and items contaminated with blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM). Among possible contaminants are the TASER® darts that penetrate a person’s skin. These darts are contaminated with blood from the subdued person. A summary of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards is available at the OSHA Web site:
- What law or laws support the requirement that employers endeavor to protect workers from contamination from AIDS, HIV and other potentially debilitating infections?
OSHA is charged with enforcing Public Law 106-430, entitled the "Needle-stick Safety and Prevention Act," which was passed by the 106th Congress. OSHA has promulgated regulations to enforce this law. Under the law, employers are required to use universal precautions in their approach to infection control, meaning that, "all human blood and certain human body fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for HIV, HBC, and other bloodborne pathogens."