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Needlestick at work

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by likesfish, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. likesfish

    likesfish chanelling mike from spaced

    Tilted a fridge freezer and half a dozen needles slid at me .
    Great start to a new job fortunately didn't draw blood but that's pissed me off.
     
  2. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Presumably you have reported it
     
  3. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    Have you reported it in line with your local Health & Safety procedures?
     
  4. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Why the hell were there half a dozen dirty (??) unsheathed needles just hanging around? Where do you work?
     
  5. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    WTF were unsheathed needles doing in a fridge? WTfuckingF were used unsheathed needles doing in a fridge?

    eta. There should be a needlestick injury policy where you work. Immediately contact your manager and ask for this to be followed. If they don't know I'd be on the phone to a Health and Safety rep asap.
     
  6. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    This is prison right? You've started as a screw I believe.

    Were these used needles being hidden or fresh ones? Sounds like this job is going to be a right roller coaster.
     
  7. likesfish

    likesfish chanelling mike from spaced

    Not yet casual work with the council estate clearing houses cleaning communal areas etc etc.
     
  8. Thora

    Thora Differently Ethical

    When some of our neighbours were evicted once apparently the people tasked with clearing the flat found needles everywhere, including all along the top of doorframes :eek:
     
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  9. likesfish

    likesfish chanelling mike from spaced

    Thing was we checked the sofas clear big bag full of sharps actually in sharps bins got careless.

    Apprantly the crew has found needles jammed into lift buttons.
    They understandably have little sympathy for Iva drug users
     
  10. equationgirl

    equationgirl Do you believe you can walk on water?

    The council should have a needlestick policy especially if its likely you will encounter used needles left by drug users. Report immediately. Also seek medical advice.
     
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  11. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    Yes, it is imperative that these injuries are dealt with quickly - especially if you need post-exposure prophylaxis.
     
  12. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

  13. likesfish

    likesfish chanelling mike from spaced

    Well as it didnt draw blood A&E would just have sent me home the councils policy is pretty solid written it all up so its recorded chances of anything serious from a needlestick is pretty rare hospital doesnt hand out drugs unless its a very serious one.
     
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  14. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    Porton Down. :D
     
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  15. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Bit of ebola never hurt anyone :D
     
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  16. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Have you been vaccinated against hep b?
     
  17. likesfish

    likesfish chanelling mike from spaced

    Yeah ages. Ago ex hostel worker
     
  18. equationgirl

    equationgirl Do you believe you can walk on water?

    Is your tetanus booster up to date? Was the skin punctured without blood being drawn?
     
  19. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    HepC would be the major risk, most virus's don't live long outside the host.Generally the protocol for needle sticks is a prophylactic course of anti-virals for HepC but at least you should get tested now and at six months HepC is very treatable nowadays.
     
  20. likesfish

    likesfish chanelling mike from spaced

    Skin was punctured but no blood drawn
     
  21. equationgirl

    equationgirl Do you believe you can walk on water?

    This really concerns me, please seek medical advice about this, even phone the NHS advice line.
     
  22. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    Seriously fish, you want to be on the safe side with this one.
     
  23. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Do you not have a glove policy? Cant see how council would let you do this work without wearing gloves considering the risk.
     
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  24. ElizabethofYork

    ElizabethofYork Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    :eek: :eek:
     
  25. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    I see a claim coming on for emotional distress at the very least!

    Have you been given a risk assessment and method statement for works?
     
  26. equationgirl

    equationgirl Do you believe you can walk on water?

    Were you supplied with the appropriate ppe (personal protective equipment) to do the task? For example overalls, safety glasses, gloves, footwear, face mask etc?
     

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