The term ‘sharps’ is a term used to generally describe sharp, hazardous items, such as hypodermic needles or syringes. These items are extremely dangerous to come to contact with and it is important to thoroughly research the action which you should take upon discovering sharps, to keep you a safe as possible in this situation. In this article, we will provide information regarding sharps, the danger they pose, and how we dispose of them safely.
What are the hazards sharps pose?
Sharps pose a serious hazard through having a significant risk of needle stick injury. This injury can lead to infections and diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the extent of which depends entirely on who used it, and what it was used for. This means sharps are always extremely dangerous and should be handled with incredible care, as you can never be sure what they are harbouring in terms of pathogens.
What to do if you have found a needle or syringe
If you have come across any hypodermic needles or syringes in public, it is very important to get in contact with either your local council or a professional company like Swift Cleaning Solutions, for a safe and professional removal. Do not try and discard of them yourself, unless you have the correct equipment and are experienced in the removal of sharps.
If you have contacted our sharps removal team, we will do a full needle sweep over the location. This will involve extensively removing any needles found in the area, in places such as bins, toilets and inside of furnishings or upholstery. This will be done until we are completely certain that all needles have been removed from the vicinity.
What is the correct method of sharps removal?
If you are removing medical sharps, such as in a doctor’s practice or hospital, it is vital to place all used sharps within a sharps bin. This bin is designed exactly for this purpose, and can be used for disposing of needles, syringes, lancets and clippers. The sharps bin will be collected for disposal through your local council.
It is important to remember to never bend or snap the needles you are handling, and to never try and recap a needle once used.
If you have come across sharps in your area and are in need of sharp’s removal, be sure to get in contact with Swift Cleaning Solutions, for a professional, efficient and thorough service.