Needle & Sharps Cleanup & Removal
CPL t/a Rainbow International offer professional needle sweeps and sharps removal services throughout the South East, taking care of hazardous and potentially infectious waste quickly and safely.
Effective disposal of sharps is absolutely essential, as they can cause accidental injury and carry infectious diseases, posing a threat to the general public if left exposed. Instances must be quickly and safely isolated, removed, and the contaminated area thoroughly cleaned to prevent harm.
Hypodermic needles, syringes and razor blades found in public areas, toilets, bins and disused buildings may have been used by illegal drug users. These items are specifically designed to puncture the skin, and can cause the spread of blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B and HIV. Young children are particularly at risk, as they will often pick an unusual object up without understanding its danger.
If you see any sharps which have been improperly disposed of, it is vital that they are reported immediately to prevent harm to the general public. At CPL t/a Rainbow International, we offer a professional, fast-response sharps removal service, and can conduct large-scale needle sweeps if the presence of sharps is suspected.
What is classed as a sharp?
Sharps can be made from metal, glass or plastic, and include:
- Hypodermic needles
- Test tubes, vials and microvials
Can I dispose of sharps in the normal waste bin?
- No. As hazardous healthcare waste, it is unlawful to dispose of sharps in any general waste bin, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. A designated sharps bin should be obtained using a FP10 prescription form, and must be emptied and managed by an authorised disposal service.
What are some dangers of sharps?
- Sharps are bio-hazards, and can spread blood-borne viruses like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. The risk is significantly increased by improper disposal, as anyone handling the waste will not be properly protected against injury or contamination. Reuse and misuse is also a danger of incorrect sharp disposal, particularly hypodermic needles and blades.
Sharps Removal Service
CPL t/a Rainbow International are fully trained in sharps removal, including needle and syringe sweeps over areas of any size. We carry the specialist experience and proper protective equipment to remove these hazards from your site, and dispose of them safely and quickly.
For more information on our needle sweep, syringe and sharps removal service, contact our team today on 0800 030 4360.