Keep our kids safe from sharps in public amenities

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Your children are not protected by legislation mandating minimum safety requirements of sharps containers, their storage or maintenance in public places. 

A little over 3 months ago our eight year old daughter suffered a sharps injury in a public toilet at an OTR store. She had entered a cubicle with me (her mother) and while I was on the toilet she asked me what the bright yellow box on the wall was. Before I could answer she had placed her hand over the opening and was pierced by a sharp.

  • The box was NOT SIGNED
  • It was fixed at 900mm on the wall
  • It was OVERFLOWING with sharps facing upward
  • The opening was not sealed

After a stressful 3 hours in ED and 3 months of blood tests we have finally been given the all clear. We were lucky but the next curious child may not be.

After contacting every level of Government in South Australia we were shocked and horrified to discover there is no legislation mandating safe sharps storage and disposal in public amenities. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE.

We demand that legislation be introduced to mandate the minimum safety requirements for safe sharps storage containers in public places.

We demand that 

  • All sharps disposal containers be signed with a hazard or safety warning
  • That the minimum height for containers be 1200mm
  • That the openings prevent the exposure of sharps 

Currently there is no legislation in South Australia and this needs to change immediately.

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