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Question 541 March 2007

Sharps Injuries – Controls & Measures

Our employees have to unblock sewage pumps that become blocked with amongst other things rags. These rags can contain discarded hypodermic needles that cannot be seen and present the risk of a needlestick injury when handled.
Employees are provided with purpose made hand tools to but these can be ineffective and they revert to using their hands. Employees wear rubber gauntlets to prevent contact with the sewage/wastewater but these offer limited puncture resistance. Needle proof gloves offer limited dexterity and are no good in a sewage/wastewater environment.

Employees are provided with information and instruction on avoiding sharps injuries and there is a procedure to follow in the event of an injury.

Does any other member encounter similar issues and if so are there any additional controls that they can advise?


The following 3 companies answered this question:

  • Biffa Waste Services Ltd
  • Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited
  • Southern Water Services - WUK Member

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