Storage containers: saving you from needlestick injuries
In every workplace, dangers are lurking around every corner. You could trip over a cord in your seemingly benign office and break your leg. You could catch a nasty splinter while you craft a wooden table in your workshop. Accidents both large and small are in every facet of every job – but if you work in a hospital, the stakes are much higher.
Germs stalk the corridors, illness abounds in every ward and doctors and nurses stand on the frontlines, ensuring through good hygiene practice that wards are clean and free of the threat of superbugs.
But there’s one risk that people are less aware of. Injuries from needles are a common blight on wards and could cause grievous harm to staff or patients.
We’ve found out that there are an estimated 100,000 needlestick injuries every year, the vast majority of which happen after an injection has been administered.
The dangers inherent in a needlestick injury are obvious, but are worth highlighting. If a patient has a deadly virus like HIV or Hepatitis C, then there’s a high risk of further infection. What’s more, the danger of infection doesn’t stop until your used needles are disposed of and transported offsite.
And if you don’t invest in the right kind of transportation containers for needles (or any other dirty medical equipment) the risk of infection is high.
That’s why we stock storage containers that fully comply with Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (2004), ensuring that sharps won’t cause an injury while they await disposal.
These plastic containers are specially designed to give you a helping hand. To find out more about them, take a look at the rest of our site.