Needle Disposal: Protecting Yourself & Customers from Needle Waste – If you work at, own, or frequent tattoo shops then understanding the importance of proper medical waste handling and disposal is key.
Working in an industry where you come in contact with blood and other hazardous materials throughout the day comes with its own set of responsibilities to care for yourself and others with how you handle that task.
Tattoo shops are some of the most popular destinations for those who love to add ink to their body’s canvas. They’re also one of the largest generators of medical waste.
If you work at, own, or frequent tattoo shops then understanding the importance of proper medical waste handling and disposal is key.
It goes without saying that any industry that handles blood soaked materials, or sharps like needles must adhere to strict industry guidelines. From doctors’ offices to veterinarians, morgues, dentists and even tattoo shops, there are stringent guidelines to be followed and hefty fines are given if they are not.
Because sharps are one of the leading causes of injuries each year for workers, it’s critical that proper and safe handling and disposal take priority.
In addition to large fines and the potential for lawsuits, here are some of the other important reasons you should focus on proper needle disposal and safety tips.
Reduce the Spread of Blood-borne Viruses
Since you can never be sure if someone sitting in the chair is carrying a virus, sharps that are contaminated with an infected patient’s blood is serious. This blood can transmit diseases like hepatitis B, C and HIV and many others. Proper handling and disposal greatly reduces the chances of an accidental stick because they will be stored in a puncture proof container and removed by a professional company for disposal.
Keep Sharps Bins and Waste Controlled and Separated
One of the greatest ways to prevent issues with needles is to have control over their storage and disposal. You should always ensure you have the correct bins on hand and that they are properly labeled for segregation. Keep these sharp bins out of customers’ way and ensure all staff is immediately disposing of sharps into the protected bins after use.
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