Whether you run a commercial business that uses needles or even if you discover any needles that have been discarded on your premises, it is vitally important to understand the law when it comes to the removal of such items.

What is a "Sharp"?

Sharps, which can be defined as anything such as needles, syringes and blades, are often disposed of incorrectly, many of them finding their way into public areas. The potential risks of such items being discovered can be the transmission of infectious blood diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis B . This is why it is crucial that any sharps are disposed of in the correct manner by a trained professional.

At BKP we are a professional waste management company with many years of experience in removing all manner of waste items. Whether it's chemical, WEEE or asbestos waste removal you need – you can be rest assured that we can treat it. We all have a duty to ensure that the waste that we produced is transferred, treated and disposed of in the correct manner – and that's where BKP come in.

Our removal teams fully understand the dangers posed by potentially-infectious needles and sharps and are able to dispose of such items swiftly and safely. For commercial businesses who may deal with such items day-to-day, being able to ensure the safe removal of such items is fundamental in upholding the health and safety law .

The dangers of not disposing a sharp in the correct manner.

Many people make the mistake of placing clinical waste inside general waste containers and it's this that provides the biggest risk in someone unknowingly handling a hazardous material. If any infected sharp were to come into contact and pierce the skin of an individual, then the likelihood that disease will spread will be extremely high. Many clinical environments, such as hospitals, already have dedicated sharps disposal facilities which ensure the safe removal of hazardous materials, but for commercial business, such as tattoo or beauty parlours who also use needles to pierce skin, these kinds of facilities may be difficult to come by.

In general, sharps can be defined as any of the following items;

  • Syringes.
  • Hypodermic needles.
  • Tattoo, beauty and acupuncture needles.
  • Tubes.
  • Scalpels.
  • Knives.
  • Scissors.
  • Razors/Blades.
  • Pipettes.
  • Glass.
  • Plastics.

Aside from commercial use of sharps, the sad reality of drug use sees many types of syringes discarded in public places and they more often than not,carry harmful diseases. When incidents like this occur, no attempt should be made to discard them, especially in general waste facilities. Contact a trained professional to ensure the safe removal of the item.

Why choose BKP for safe needle and sharps removal?

At BKP, we are a skilled and hardworking waste management business that has clocked up over 50 years in the industry – our longevity providing an insight into our success. Aside from our needle and sharps removal service,we offer a wide variety of waste management services that include skip hire, hazardous waste removal , chewing gum and graffiti removal , as well as a 24hr emergency response service .

Keeping up with the latest technologies, our proven waste management strategy has allowed us to provide a wide variety of business premises with a custom service that has been designed to suit whatever their operations are. Please see our testimonials page to see what our clients say about our services.

In order to give all of our clients the peace of mind in knowing that we only carry out best practices, we have obtained a number of accreditations from the International Organisation for Standardisation , which are;

  • ISO 9001:2008 in carrying out quality management
  • ISO 14001:2004 in carrying environmental control

We've also attained an accreditation from the British Standards Institution , a BS OHSAS 18001 in Health and Safety. As safety is extremely important to us, we will always ensure that the environment in which we work is safe before, during and after the job that we're undertaking is complete.

You can find out more information on our accreditations, as well as view our quality policy and our waste carrier certification by visiting our dedicated policies, insurance and professional certification page .

BKP – a professional waste management service.

If you are interested in our sharps removal service, or have any questions regarding any aspect of our waste management services, please don't hesitate to get into contact with us today. You can even receive a free,instant quote on whatever job you need carrying out. You can call us on 0800 376 5004 or alternatively, e-mail us at sales@bkpgroup.com .

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