A call to businesses: let's be blunt around sharps

Sharps: a word full of connotations, none of which represent their importance in keeping New Zealanders safe from health complications. This is particularly so with the rise of health issues such as Diabetes where new cases of people are being diagnosed every day and require daily use of lancets.

Other health disorders such as blood clotting and severe allergies also require some form of medical sharp to help regulate their health to maintain their quality of life. Which begs the question of how are your customers and staff disposing of their used sharps instrument safely?

“Some employees are uncomfortable in revealing their private health requirements to their employers and are either taking their sharps home or disposing of it via a normal bin or feminine hygiene unit,” said Genine Lopes, Head of Safety Health and Environment at Rentokil Initial.

“This increases the risk of needle stick injuries to the employee, their colleagues and visitors to your site,” she said.

Business liability

Needle stick injuries aren’t just unpleasant; they can be costly to your business as well by leading to workers compensation claims or worse, an expensive law suit. In 2013 mother-of-four, Robyn Wright, was awarded $494,750 compensation after she sustained a needle stick injury in the washroom of a hotel.

Staff morale

Putting liability aside, having a sharps container installed in your washrooms sends a strong signal to your staff that their health and safety is a high priority.

Initial Hygiene offers a wide range of sharps containers available. We can customise our service to your business needs to ensure that you, your staff and customers are safe.