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Apply first aid

Needle stick injuries

Needle stick injuries refer to injuries caused by anything sharp, such as blades, needles, scalpels, and so forth. They pose a threat of cross infection. If sharp items are routinely used in the workplace, they should be disposed of in a special biohazard sharps container.


  1. Wash well under running water.
  2. Notify your supervisor.
  3. Determine whether the needle was sterile or non-sterile.
  4. Cover the wound with a sterile dressing.
  5. Fill out an accident/incident form.
  6. Contact the Needlestick Injury Hotline on 1800 804 823.