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The Dangers of Needles & Sharps

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.

What to do if in contact with Sharps

In addition, if sharps waste is not disposed of correctly and removed from the environment, it can be subject to reuse and misuse (both intentional and unintentional). This is especially applicable in the areas of hypodermic needles and blades. The spread of disease through sharps waste is preventable through proper management and disposal.

  • Suffer an injury from a sharp? Read the following

    1. Encourage the wound to gently bleed, ideally holding it under running water
    2. Wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap
    3. Don’t scrub the wound whilst you are washing it
    4. Don’t suck the wound
    5. Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing
    6. Seek urgent medical advice, as effective prophylaxis (medicines to help fight infection) are available
    7. Report the injury to your employer if necessary

Our Sharps Removal Service

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.

Our Sharps Removal service features include:

  • High risk infections from sharps eliminated
  • Disposal adheres to current legislation
  • Surrounding area decontaminated and cleaned

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.

Any Questions?

When we say we are the experts in sharps removal we mean it. All of our Rentokil Specialist Hygiene technicians are trained with industry leading RSPH qualifications, making them specialists in all types of hygiene cleaning and disinfection environments. We are always on hand to provide expert advice and recommendations on all manner of sharps removal and clean up of needles.

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