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The safe and controlled removal of needles, syringes and other sharp objects is extremely important as this type of waste can carry harmful diseases and if not removed and disposed could cause serious infections.
Sharps such as needles, syringes, and blades are often found in bins, toilets and public areas as well as abandoned houses and squats that are used by illegal drug users. The main risk associated with sharps such as needles and syringes is puncture wounds that allow highly infectious blood borne pathogens including Hepatitis B and HIV to be passed to the individual.
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It is imperative that any sightings of sharps should be reported immediately and disposed of by a trained professional. It is important to remember that disposing of needles, syringes and hypodermics in a public litter bin or in household waste is extremely dangerous.
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When removing potentially infectious syringes, needles and other sharps it is essential that the process is carried out safely using the correct needle sweep protection equipment and clothing. Contact your local hygiene experts here or give us a call on 0800 028 0842.
Sharps classifies a number of different hazardous materials including:
Unbroken glass and plastics should be treated and handled with the same level of care as needles and blades if contaminated with biohazardous materials.
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The main risk from a cut or wound caused by a sharp object is exposure to infections, especially blood-borne viruses (BBV). Contracting an infection depends on a number of factors, including the person’s natural immune system. The blood-borne viruses of most concern are:
If a sharp penetrates the skin it will spread blood-borne pathogens; the spread of these pathogens is directly responsible for the transmission of these diseases. Risk of injury can occur from sharps waste if hazardous materials are not separated from normal rubbish and an individual will unknowingly come in contact with it.
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Rentokil Specialist Hygiene’s trained needle sweep and syringe removal teams understand the possible dangers dirty needles and syringes can pose and the importance of disposing of them safely and quickly. Experienced in examining large areas of waste and rubbish our specialist team conduct an extensive needle sweep guaranteeing all sharps are removed before fully decontaminating and cleaning the area ensuring all bio-hazardous contamination is eradicated.
Rentokil Specialist Hygiene rapid sharps removal service is available 24 hours a day with the disposing and site decontamination carried out in full accordance with the Health & Safety regulations and COSHH procedures.
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Rentokil Specialist Hygiene operate from 41 local branches covering the length of the UK. We are able to deliver national coverage, paired with extensive resources of the Rentokil Initial group.