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Sharps Removal Service

Coming into contact with a discarded sharp can pose significant health risks, so it is important to ensure the safe removal of sharps on your premises. Needles, syringes, and blades can often be found in bins, toilets and discarded in public areas. Rentokil Specialist Hygiene can provide a comprehensive needle sweep and sharps removal service to help ensure the safe removal and disposal of these sharps.

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Our Sharps Removal Service

It is imperative that sightings of discarded sharps are reported immediately, so that they can be disposed of by a trained professional. Disposing of needles, syringes and hypodermics in a public litter bin or in household waste is dangerous, as they can be highly infectious.  Our technicians are highly trained and equipped with essential PPE to safely remove sharps and carry out our needle sweep service.

Our Sharps and Needle Removal Service Includes:

  • Safe removal of needles, sharps and discarded syringes. 
  • Sharps disposal adhering to current health and safety regulations.
  • The 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 sharps 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 conducts an extensive needle sweep, to help ensure 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
    • Broken Glass (or intact)
    • Other sharps such as sharp instruments or another sharp object.

    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.

  • Where Could Sharps That Pose a Risk be Located?

    Professional use of sharps and the safe disposal of sharps is the responsibility of that business.

    However where there is illegal drug use in outdoor areas such as parks, carparks, alleys and derelict properties used for squats etc there may be sharps present, so care must be taken.

  • How do I Dispose of Sharps Safely?

    Sharps pose a significant health risk and are classed as clinical waste, so they can not be disposed of in a normal bin, they must be disposed of in the correct container such as a specialist sharps bin. 

    If you require a specialist sharps container and clinical waste collection, our sister business Initial Medical offers a safe sharps disposal service with a wide range of disposal options  for hazardous waste.

  • What are the Dangers of Sharps?

    If a sharp penetrates or punctures 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.


  • Have a needlestick Injury or 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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