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Sharps Injury Advice

First Aid

2.1.1 First Aid should be performed immediately after the injury occurs.

2.1.2 Skin/Tissue

Encourage local bleeding by gently squeezing, do not suck area.

Wash the affected area with soap and running warm water. Do not scrub the area.

Cover area with waterproof dressing.

2.1.3 Eyes or Mouth

Rinse out / irrigate with copious amounts of water (use eye washout kits if available).

• If wearing contact lenses irrigate eyes before and after removing them.

Do not swallow water used for rinsing mouth.


  • If you have a sharps injury please call Occupational Health on 02920 743264, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
  • If you are calling to report a sharps injury obtained Out of hours – before 9am and after 5pm all UHW based staff please contact Accident & Emergency on extension 48025 and all Llandough based staff please contact Medical Emergency Admissions on extension 25215.


(1) Risk Assessment 1

(2) Risk Assessment 2

(3) EHWS Sharps information leaflet

(4) Sharps Part A

(5) Needlestick Procedure 2015 Approved