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Santé Montréal

Recovery of used syringes

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Every year, community groups distribute a million syringes to help prevent the spread of STBBIs (sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections). Most of these syringes are properly recovered because they are discarded in needle disposal containers provided for that purpose. Nevertheless, a small percentage of syringes end up in the street or on private work premises.

CLSC occupational safety team (SAT) nurses can't go out to every workplace to teach workers how to recover, handle and dispose of dirty syringes found on the premises. They also have to teach people what to do if they are accidentally pricked by a needle.

That is why the Direction de santé publique (DSP) de Montréal has produced an educational video for workers and employers:

  • How to recover and handle dirty syringes
  • How to dispose of dirty syringes
  • What to do In the event of an accidental needle prick
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When to Consult

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Protection and prevention

Comment ramasser les seringues ? French only

Que faire en cas de piqûre ? French only

Where to go in the event of a needle prick (Où se rendre en cas de piqûre ?)

Contact the nearest occupational safety team:

  • CLSC de la Montagne
    6600 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, 5th floor, Montréal QC H3S 2A9, Phone: 514 731-1386, ext. 8652, Fax: 514 739-8132
  • CLSC des Faubourgs
    5800, St-Denis St, Suite 1002, Montréal QC H2S 3L5, Phone: 514 858-2460, Fax: 514 858-6568
  • CLSC de Montréal-Est
    13 926, Notre-Dame St. East, Montréal QC H1A 1T5, Phone: 514 642-2121, ext. 207, Fax: 514 642-1684
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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

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People at Risk

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Dernière mise à jour le : 1969.12.31