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Sharps Removal Service

The safe removal of sharps is extremely important as coming into contact with a discarded sharps, can pose significant help risks. Needles, syringes, and blades can often found in bins, toilets and discarded in public areas. Rentokil Specialist Hygiene can provide a comprehensive needle sweep service helping to ensure the safe removal and disposal of these sharps.

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Our Sharps Removal Service

It is imperative that sightings of sharps are reported immediately, so that they can be 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 dangerous, as they can be highly infectious. 

Our sharps and needle removal service includes:

  • Safe removal of needles, sharps and discarded syringes.  
  • Sharps disposal adhering to current health and safety regulations. 
  • Surrounding area is decontaminated and cleaned, to help eliminate any further risk of exposure to health hazards. 

Why Choose Rentokil Specialist Hygiene?

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene’s trained needle sweep and syringe removal teams understand the possible dangers discarded needles and syringes can pose, and the  importance of removing and disposing of them safely and quickly. Our specialist team conduct an extensive needle sweep, guaranteeing that all sharps are removed, before decontaminating the area to reduce any risk of contamination.

  • What are Sharps?

    Items classed as sharps can include: 

    • Syringes
    • Test tubes
    • Phials
    • Hypodermic needles
    • Scalpels
    • Razors and razor blades
    • Scalpels
    • Knives
    • Scissors
    • Pipettes
    • Blades
    • Glass (broken or intact)

    Unbroken glass and plastics should be treated and handled with the same level of care as needles and blades if contaminated with bio-hazardous materials.

  • Dangers from Sharps

    If a sharp penetrates the skin, it can spread blood borne pathogens, which are directly responsible for transmitting blood borne viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.


  • Do you have an injury from a sharp? Read the following:

    • Encourage the wound to gently bleed, ideally holding it under running water. 
    • Wash the wound using running water with plenty of soap. 
    • Don’t scrub the wound whilst you are washing it. 
    • Don’t suck the wound.
    • Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing. 
    • Seek urgent medical advice, as effective prophylaxis (medicines to help fight infection) are available.

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