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Proper Needle Handling and Disposal

We can all help in keeping our communities safe. Accidental needlestick injuries and possible infections can happen to children, outdoor workers or anyone else who might come in contact with used needles.

Children should never touch a discarded needle, and should be taught to show it to an adult for proper pick-up. Adults can properly pick up a discarded needle by following the steps below.

How to Properly Dispose of Discarded Needles

To properly handle a needle, you will need tongs and a hard plastic container with a screw-top lid, or a Community Clean-Up Kit from your local Porcupine Health Unit office.

Remember to always wash your hands immediately after handling a needle.

Follow these 5 proper needle handling steps:

  1. Wear gloves. Use pliers or tongs and a sharps container.
  2. Do not try to put the cap back on the needle. Do not snap, break or bend any part of the needle.
  3. Place the sharps container on a stable surface. Grab the syringe by the plunger end using pliers or tongs. Always hold the needle tip away from you.
  4. Place the needle into the container tip first and seal tightly. If you are not able to bring it to the Porcupine Health Unit immediately, label the container "needle".
  5. Never throw needles in the garbage, recycling bin, toilet, drain or sewer.

Proper Needle Handling and Disposal Training Sessions

The Porcupine Health unit is pleased to invite you to a zoom webinar to offer Proper Needle Handling and Disposal Training Sessions.

June 12 @ 10:00am – English Training

June 25 @ 2:00pm – French Training

July 17 @ 2:30pm – English Training

July 31 @ 11:00am – French Training

August 15 @ 11:00am – English Training

August 26 @ 10:00am – French Training