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Sharps Disposal Service

Sharps disposal plays a critical role in workplace and community safety.  Properly managing and disposing of sharps, such as needles and syringes, is essential for preventing injuries, infections, and environmental harm. Following best practice and using specialised containers help to prevent sharps injuries and associated health risks within the workplace. Initial Medical provides a comprehensive range of sharps containers, cabinets, and safety mechanisms, as well as our specialist sharps bin collection service.

If you are interested in preventing sharps injuries, learn more about sharps disposal and contact our team for a sharps collection.

1. Prevents Accidental Injuries

Sharps, such as needles, lancets, and scalpels, can cause serious injuries if not disposed of properly. Accidental needlestick injuries can transmit blood-borne viruses, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, to staff, waste handlers, and the general public. Proper disposal reduces the risk of these injuries. If you are worried about a needlestick injury, see advice from the NHS.

2. Protects the Environment

Sharps contain hazardous materials that can harm the environment if they end up in landfills, waterways, or other natural habitats. Some sharps, like injections may contain small amounts of medication that can contaminate soil and water sources. Proper waste management ensures that these materials are managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

3. Legal and Regulatory Compliance

The Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 identifies clinical waste as controlled waste and therefore requires proper disposal under The Environmental Protection Act 1990. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in legal penalties, fines, or even the suspension of healthcare facility operations. Proper disposal ensures compliance and avoids legal consequences.

4. Promotes Public Safety

Safe sharps disposal protects not only healthcare professionals but also the general public. Needles and other sharps are sometimes discarded improperly in public spaces, posing a risk to unsuspecting individuals.

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Best practice to prevent sharps injuries

The Health & Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 focus on: the safe use and disposal of sharps; the information and training provided; and the procedures and reporting around sharps injuries.

Guidance for legislative compliance in sharps use:

  • Eliminate the unnecessary use of sharps by implementing changes in practices and providing safer sharps, incorporating engineered protection mechanisms
  • Provide a sharps bin or sharps container as close as possible to those areas where needles, syringes and others sharps are being used or can be found
  • Prevent the recapping of needles
  • Wear personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Provide information and raise awareness on the risks, good practice, incident records and general support available in your practice
  • Train staff on how to follow safe sharps and disposal procedures

Our Sharps Disposal Service

The safe management of sharps waste is vital to eliminate the risk of sharps injuries and ensure compliance with hazardous waste regulations. At Initial Medical we provide a range of products to help prevent the risk of needlestick injury and follow legislation and regulations.

Working with you, we can help identify the type of waste and frequency of sharps collection, enabling us to tailor a solution to suit your individual requirements. Learn more about our sharps disposal services below and contact our team today to receive your free onsite survey.

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Benefits of our Sharps Disposal Service

  • Safety - Our containers are puncture-resistant, leak-proof, and tamper-evident, reducing the risk of injuries and contamination.

  • Convenience - Regularly scheduled sharps collections tailored to your sharps needs, make it easy for you to dispose of sharps safely and comply with regulations.

  • Environmental Responsibility - By partnering with sharps disposal services, institutions can demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability. These services ensure that medical waste is managed and disposed of in an eco-friendly manner.

  • Regulatory Expertise - Experienced sharps disposal providers are well-versed in local and federal regulations, guaranteeing compliance and peace of mind for their clients. They help organizations navigate the complexities of medical waste management.

  • Certifications - Look for a service provider with the necessary certifications and licenses to handle medical waste in your area. Compliance with state and federal regulations is essential.

  • Container Options - Our sharps bins come in a variety of sizes as well as colour coded so can be tailored to your sharp waste collection needs.