Sharps are any items or implements that have an edge or point that can cut or puncture and include syringes, razors, knives, lancets, scissors, fishing hooks, insulin pen tips, pins, broken bottles, scalpels and Epipens. Due to the dangerous and potentially life-threatening biohazard contamination associated with used needles and sharps, a sharps clearances and needle pickup is required when used or dirty needles or syringes are found in public or private areas. Because of the serious risks associated with a sharp prick, it is imperative that any sighting of a used needle be reported immediately and trained professionals be called to remediate the area.
What are the dangers associated with sharps?
A cut or pierce wound from a ‘sharp’ can result in contact to any harmful matter that the sharp may be contaminated with, such as a chemical, harmful or biological material. If the sharp has been used in association with blood, body fluid or cell lines there is a risk of contagion with a blood borne virus such as Hepatitis B or C or HIV. There may be a risk of other infections such as Tetanus even if the needle is just ‘dirty’.
Why use Melbourne Forensic Cleaning for your Sharps and Needles Sweeps
Melbourne Forensic Cleaning has a team of trained and specialised sharps and needle clean up experts who understand the dangers associated with the incorrect disposal of dirty and used syringes. When providing a Sharps and Needle Clean Up, Melbourne Forensic Cleaning will only provide trained and experienced needle sweep professionals who will work methodically and systematically to ensure the area is left in a safe, needle and biohazard free state. Our team is thoroughly experienced in providing a prompt and successful needle and sharp sweep in any area including waste and rubbish, outdoor areas and properties and will guarantee all sharps and needles are found and removed before decontaminating and cleaning the area to ensure all bio-hazardous items and materials are removed.