One of the most dangerous things found on any site is discarded needles and sharps. Discarded syringes and drug paraphernalia can turn up in the most unexpected places, in children’s playgrounds, office car parks, parks and gardens, pubs and clubs, you name it we have found them there! Thankfully, the most common places to find these items are still in secluded places like drug dens and squats, however this is changing over time.
When dealing with drug dens or renovation of derelict buildings and other such property, it is vital a needle sweep is performed prior to any other service being undertaken. Experience shows that most properties are not given up lightly and the exiting people will leave little presents for the unsuspecting landlords and property agents – basically booby traps of needles etc. Unless you have experienced this before, you are placing yourself in extreme danger, so it is never worth the risk. Get a needle sweep expert like Rapid Environmental Services in to give you the all clear before you start work.
So what are the dangers? Surely the worst you can get is a puncture!
Not so, the trouble really starts if you do get a puncture. It is universally accepted that drug users have a higher risk of contamination, particularly of blood borne diseases like Hepatitis and HIV, these can be fatal and very difficult or impossible to cure currently.
If you do get pricked, you must encourage the entry point to bleed, nature will try to flush any foreign bodies out of your system naturally, do not suck it. Flush the area with water and antiseptic fluids, then seek medical advice immediately. You will almost certainly be tested and vaccinated for Hepatitis and may have to re-visit hospital several times for further tests for HIV.
What should you do if you come across anything you suspect to be used syringes and needles?
Firstly, do not attempt to deal with it yourself. Whilst you can see one or more discarded needles, there is a very high possibility that there are more lurking unseen in cover. Call the Rapid Environmental helpline, stating what you have seen and where it is, we will respond accordingly and take appropriate action. Rapid Environmental Service provide a rapid response service and are highly experienced in dealing with and providing needle sweep services.
It is important that the area is isolated to stop anybody entering the area until a full needle sweep is completed by an approved, experienced contractor, like Rapid Environmental Services.
Rather than exposing yourself to risk, just call Rapid Environmental Services for a needle sweep service so you can be sure everything is dealt with safely and quickly. Contact us here or call 01635 247192 now for needle removal.
Contact Rapid Environmental Services, call 01635 777791 for an immediate response or email us here.