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If you are dealing with anything within a medical environment or you are working with needles in any shape or form, including things like tattoo or beauty therapy, you are gonna need to make sure that any of those sharps are stored correctly. You cannot leave a needle or anything sharp lying around, you cannot put it in the dustbin; you need to put it in something which is gonna keep it safe. Now there are different products on the market, but here we have just got a few to show you, and these are what you would use to put something sharp in to keep it safe.
Now to start with, this is a small unit here which is mainly designed to take a syringe. So, what this one here is you can pop the whole unit in, snap the lid shut, and then you will be able to dispose of it correctly. Now with any of these, and it will be the same for all of the units here, when you have actually used them and you have sealed them up, you must dispose of them correctly, you cannot just put these into normal waste; you need to make sure they go somewhere where they are going to be incinerated.
So this particular unit here, it tells people what's actually in it, contaminated sharps. It has got the confirmation number of the BS standard. It tells people that there is danger and also tells people that this needs to be incinerated. On the other side, it is just showing the volume. This particular one here is 100 ml, and there are different sizes of these available. And again, along here, you have got the relevant conforming regulations to show that this is going to be fit for purpose.
Now this one here is slightly different, a little bit smaller. With this, you have got the label on the front. And on the label, as you look down here, it will actually tell you the information. You can put dates, the hospital details, who it has been locked by, any dates and also where it needs to be disposed of. Down at the bottom, you have got some instructions. Now with this unit here, it is a little bit different because it can be used for a number of occasions. So, what you can do is just push the top, and if you push the top, it opens, you can pop the product in. Once you have done that, this can then be sealed closed. And also it has got instructions on how to then permanently seal it. So it allows you to open it up, put sharps in and then at the end of it, once it is full, you can then seal it off and then dispose of this correctly.
The final one we will look at is this unit. Just a bigger version of what we have seen already. Again on the front, it has got the warning labels and it has got all the relevant kitemarks to actually prove that it is fit for purpose. And then down, here again, you can document exactly what has happened and you got instructions. And within this one, it has got the maximum fill line on it. It has got a little flap in there as well so that it's no risk of anything when you pop something in, it will just fall in place. But with this flap, when you do drop something, again, then obviously, if you got blood onto a needle or something, that is going to be covered in blood in there, so you need to be careful. Once you finish with this, you can close the unit over either temporarily or permanently and you can lock it in place.
Now with all of these units, you must make sure that you use them carefully, you must always make sure you are wearing gloves, and you clean your hands correctly after use and you must make sure that they are all disposed of correctly in accordance with your workplace policies.