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Exposed or inadequately protected sharps left in healthcare staff vehicles put occupants and service personnel at risk of needle stick injury.
Healthcare staff who travel in the community and carry sharps (used or unused) in the course of their work should follow a safe system of working at all times, in line with their local clinical and waste disposal policies. Sharps should always be stored safely and securely.
This estates and facilities alert EFA/2013/001 issued on 21 January 2013, is for action by health and safety managers, clinical governance and community health workers.