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Watch our for Needles: Staying Safe at Work

Watch Out for Needles: Staying Safe at Work

Janitorial workers face a hidden danger: needles.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) warns that needles can be found anywhere, especially in bathrooms near toilets, sinks, and under dispensers.

Here’s how to stay safe:

  • Be aware: Look before reaching into hidden areas, use tools for limited visibility, and wear puncture-resistant gloves when handling trash bags or bins. Never touch needles with bare hands.
  • If stuck by a needle:
    • Seek immediate medical attention and inform them it happened at work.
    • File a workers’ compensation claim with your healthcare provider.
    • Report the incident to your employer.

By following these simple steps, janitorial workers can protect themselves from the risks of needlesticks and ensure a safe work environment.