straight forward health and safty advice
‘Sharps’ is a general term applied to hypodermic needles, razor blades or
other similar items that could easily penetrate the skin
For your own safety, you must not try to deal with ‘sharps’ unless you have been properly trained
to do so. Remember:
Dangerously discarded used needles and syringes may be hidden in crevices and on ledges.
Never stick your hand into these types of places. Check with a tool for the presence of
Don’t put your hands into, or press down on rubbish bags and similar containers, as they may
contain discarded ‘sharps’.
Treat all discarded needles and similar items as being potentially infected.
If you discover a used hypodermic needle, syringe, or other used medical utensil –
DO NOT TOUCH IT - keep everyone away and sweep it into a dustpan. If available,
empty the dustpan into a ‘sharps’ disposal box (or a safe sealable container).
If the ‘sharp’ is in a difficult location and it has to be picked up, then use large
plastic tweezers, or something similar, and wear rubber gloves. Needles should only
be picked up by the barrel. NEVER pick up a needle by the point because it may
penetrate both gloves and skin.
ALWAYS take the Sharps Box to the site of the discarded needle – NEVER attempt to
carry the ‘sharp’ to the box. When the ‘sharp’ is in the ‘Sharps Box’ put the
tweezers in as well. Never dispose of a ‘sharp’ in a way that puts others at risk.
Wash the gloves in hot soapy water before reusing them.
‘Sharps’ may be carrying infectious diseases – if you pierce your skin with one, let it
bleed and obtain immediate medical advice. You must record the incident in the Accident