Safety & Assurance Bulletin July 2021

Safety Alert

A maintenance crew were tasked with routine vegetation clearance around some steps. A near miss was reported with regards to a syringe needle that had been stuck (with chewing gum) to a handrail, pointing upwards.

As you can see from the pictures, the hazard was placed with the intention to cause harm to anyone using the handrail by coming into contact with the exposed needle, which could have caused the risk of transmitting blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis and Aids to name a few.

Your site risk assessment should consider the risk of sharps on site and controls be implemented. These may include:

• Toolbox Talk to raise awareness of sharps to everyone on site.
• Sharps sweep of areas most likely to be affected.
• Training on safe removal of sharps from site.
• Equipment for safe removal of sharps from site.
• Proper sharps waste receptacle and licensed waste disposal route.

Safety & Assurance Bulletin July 2021