COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT DETAILS
A discarded needle was discovered at Chipping Sodbury Quarry. The unit manager collected it safely into a sealed container and disposed of it safely at the local medical centre.
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LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS TAKEN
Risks from carelessly or maliciously discarded sharps:
1.If you discover discarded needles notify your responsible manager
2.Call your local health authority or Council waste dept for location of suitable site able to take Bio hazard waste.
3. Do not pick up a discarded needles with bare hands.
4.Use tongs and wear leather gloves to collect the needle and place it into a sharps box or sealed container. Cover all existing wounds and breaks in the skin.
First aid treatment for needle-stick injuries:
Immediate first aid In the event of a needle-stick injury - encourage the wound to bleed for a few minutes, and then clean with warm water and cover with a dressing. Attend your local A&E department immediately after first aid treatment.
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