To Have or Not to Have Sharps Disposal?: Why Your Children are at Risk Without Them

One of the iconic scenes in the movie Sleeping Beauty and the recent live action, Maleficent was when Princess Aurora pricked her finger on the spindle.

image from Disney’s Maleficent

You and your kids might have flinched at this scene (I know I did) and thought that it looked painful. Parents wouldn’t want their children to experience this kind of pain but no matter how much they want to protect them from this hurt, there is always a risk everywhere you go. Did you know this risk exists in restrooms?

If there’s a perplexed expression on your face right now, I don’t blame you. You’re probably wondering how in the world could sharps like needles find themselves in the restroom. The fact that they do is a disturbing reality and an unfortunate part of society today. In fact, some needles have been found jammed into the diaper changing station in restrooms.

If you still have a hard time believing this, Paul Wiffen, Director of Impact Hygiene can confirm this. He himself had a hard time believing it. “I could not believe my eyes the first time I witnessed a needle jammed in the hinges of a baby change table. I’ve seen a lot of things over the 15 years but this takes the cake.”

Often times, changing nappies requires haste so mums don’t stop to check changing stations, unaware of the lurking health hazard. When this happens, babies are in danger of getting hurt from the needles. Worse, they could get infectious diseases from whomever left the needles stuck in the changing station.

To give you an idea of how dangerous used needles are when not disposed properly, you need to know some of the infections that can be transmitted through the blood. The most common of these infections include: Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Most business owners would probably feel reluctant to put sharps containers in their restrooms since they might encourage the use of sharps in their premises. But when it comes to the welfare of your patrons, especially innocent little children, the need for safe disposal of sharps can no longer be ignored.

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