Preventing Needle Stick Injuries
We have experienced a four-fold increase in needle stick injuries while collecting healthcare waste this year, compared to last.
The main root causes were:
– Overfilled sharps containers which can result in needles poking out through the lid.
– Sharps container lids being presented for collection whilst remaining open.
– People choosing not to use a proper sharps container, preferring to put them in a takeaway food tray, cardboard box, or throwing sharps straight into a wheelie bin or, worst of all, hiding them in a soft waste bag.