Contaminated needle prick injuries are a major occupational hazard for health care workers, laboratory technicians, hospitals cleaners and garbage-collecting employees. The heavy load at emergency department and improper waste disposal are the most prominent factors of these accidents.
Municipal and health institutions garbage collecting workers most likely do not have knowledge about the infectious risks of needle prick injuries. Therefore, it is an ethical matter and mandatory to educate, warn and train these workers to avoid such injuries. Furthermore, needles and biological infectious material must be discarded properly and kept into secured containers to prevent risks of exposure.
When it comes to providing Sharps and Needles Clearances, it is important to leave it to the professionals. BioHaz trained and certified technicians have the experience and knowledge to successfully removal of bio hazardous waste including sharps, needles, and hypodermic needles, used syringes and broken glass pipes.
Reduce the Risk of a Sharps Injury
Ways of reducing the risk of needle stick injuries include:
- Health workers who may come in contact with blood or body fluids should receive hepatitis B vaccinations.
- Follow all safety procedures in the workplace.
- Regularly undertake safety refresher courses.
- Minimise your use of needles.
- Remember that latex gloves don’t protect you against needle stick injuries.
- Don’t bend or snap used needles.
- Never re-cap a used needle.
- Place used needles into a clearly labelled and puncture-proof sharps approved container.
If you do get injured by sharps or needles, thoroughly wash the wound with soap and water, and go to your doctor or nearest emergency department as soon as possible. Blood-borne diseases that could be transmitted by a needle stick injury include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV).
Expert Sharps and Needles Clearance Technicians
When providing a Sharps and Needle Clean Up, BioHaz technicians will only provide trained and experienced sharps clearance and needle clean up professionals who will work methodically to provide a prompt and successful needle and sharp sweep in any area including waste and rubbish, outdoor areas and properties to guarantee all sharps are found and removed and the area is returned to a needle-free state.