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Sharps Removal and Disposal

Sharps removal and disposal is a specialist cleaning task that requires personnel with the right training and PPE, following precise site cleaning and waste removal procedures.

SafeGroup is one of the UK’s leading sharp removal and disposal companies. We can be trusted to clear needles, syringes and blades quickly and compliantly, leaving your site clean and safe.

Used needles and syringes, and other sharp objects like blades, knives and even broken glass, found in building or external spaces must be cleaned up and disposed of safely.

Needles used for injecting drugs may contain blood and other biological substances along with traces of the drugs that were used. They may also be infected with a range of pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, such as HIV and hepatitis.

SafeGroup is an emergency cleaning and waste removal specialist. We have teams who can respond rapidly to request to remove and dispose of sharps in a process often known as needle sweeps.

Who we work for

Our trained and qualified cleaning technicians help many different clients, not least other cleaning and FM contractors who do not have the expertise to deal with hazardous waste.

We also called in to make sites safe before they can allow teams to move in to start work. Other clients include facilities management companies, property landlords, housing associations, local authorities, developers, quantity surveyors, and planning agents.

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All our biohazard cleaning work is carried out in accordance with a risk assessment and method statement supported by a point of works risk assessment.

Sharps removal – a safe and compliant process

When called to a site, our experienced sharps removal specialists will assess the area and the scale of the task that needs to be carried out.

All our biohazard cleaning work is carried out in accordance with a risk assessment and method statement supported by a point of works risk assessment.

The extent of the area that needs to be cleaned will be assessed and, if necessary, cordoned off so no members of the public cannot enter and put themselves at risk.

During a needle sweep of the contaminated area, all needles, and related paraphernalia, will be placed in a sealed yellow container, clearly marked as containing sharps and biohazard material.

Appropriate PPE will be used, including full body overalls, masks and anti-needlestick gloves. Where possible, all sharps will be picked up remotely using professional litter pickers.

The experience of our teams means they will be able to quickly spot the tell-tale signs of anti-social activity associated with the presence of sharps and the nooks and crannies where they may be been left.

Where necessary, our operatives will also sanitise potentially contaminated surfaces with professional disinfectants.

SafeGroup will provide you with all relevant documentation, including a hazardous waste consignment note, to show the sharps collected be disposed of safely (usually by incineration) in compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and related regulations.

Signs of sharps and needle use

Needles and other related hazardous items may not have been left on the ground where they can be easily seen.

There are however some tell-tale signs to look for. If you see any of them, call SafeGroup to enquiry about our sharps removal and disposal service:

  1. Orange needle caps. These are small orange, cylindrical caps, up to 10mm long and 5mm wide. They are signs that the actual discarded needle may be close by.
  2. Aluminium foil wraps or small metal spoons. These are likely to be used to prepare a drug for injection.
  3. Small clear plastic bags or wraps. These are often the packaging in which drugs are carried and traded.
  4. Empty bottles, food packaging and signs that a space has been occupied, for example discarded clothing.
  5. The activity described above also indicated risk of other forms of contamination, for example human and dog faeces and urine, which must also be treated as a biohazard.

Sharps Waste Disposal Services

At SafeGroup we have highly trained staff who specialise in sharps removal and disposal. We offer this service across the United Kingdom.

Talk to the experts about sharp removal and disposal

Property owners and managers have a duty of care to their staff, customers and the general public.

If you have concerns that sharps, including drug paraphernalia, have been discarded in your buildings or across your land, call SafeGroup: 0800 668 1268.

Needles and other related hazardous items may not have been left on the ground where they can be easily seen. There are however some tell-tale signs to look for.

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If it's an emergency service you require, please contact us on 0800 668 1268 so that we can react as quickly as possible. For planned services you can contact us via the phone, our live chat facility or by completing the online form.

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In order to provide you with an estimate or quote, we will need to gather information from you first. We sometimes request pictures which can be emailed through to our team. In some instances, we may conduct a site visit and survey, this can be arranged at a time that's convenient for you.

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We provide you with a formal estimate or quote for the scope of works required. Once signed and confirmed, the job is scheduled and our operational team is fully briefed, ready to go!

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Our team arrives on site to carry out the scope of work. Relevant paperwork (and sometimes certificates) are provided for your records. This is to confirm the job has been completed to the highest standard.

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