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Safe sharps bins

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City of Gold Coast has provided sharps disposal bins within the toilet facilities of ALL public amenities. City contractors are authorised to empty all safe sharps disposal bins. Statistical reports about the contents of the bins are provided to the City administration and local health services unit for planning purposes.

What to do when discarded needles and syringes are found

You can help your community by making sure needles and syringes are removed from where they may cause harm to others by reporting the exact location of these sharps to the City's Cleaning Services to arrange for collection.

Needles, syringes and other injecting equipment are often inappropriately thrown away in public facilities, gutters, parks, laneways or are washed up on beach areas or waterway shorelines. Report the problem as soon as possible without attempting to dispose of the injecting equipment yourself. Do not attempt to recap the needle.

Advise children to inform an adult if they find unsafely disposed of sharps.

Should you require any additional information on the sharps disposal or needlestick injuries, please call Queensland Health – Clean Needle Helpline on 1800 633 353 (24 hour service).

Queensland Health (Clean Needle Helpline) advice

What to do if you have a needlestick injury

Stay calm, and carry out the following actions:

  • encourage the wound to bleed
  • wash the area with cold running water and soap (if available)
  • apply an antiseptic and band-aid.

As soon as possible contact your supervisor, doctor or community health centre.

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