Community Sharps Management Award Category

An award for councils who have put in place ongoing and/or trial collection systems and community education programs (including programs in partnership with State agencies, pharmacies, community groups and other stakeholders) for community sharps waste generated in households and public places.

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NSW Health community sharps management grants

The latest councils to receive grants under this program are Greater Taree City Council ($10,000) for a Sharps Disposal Enhancement Program, Nambucca Shire Council ($28,000) in partnership with Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Bellingen Shire Council and Kempsey Shire Council for a regional community sharps project and Muswellbrook Shire Council ($7,000) for a Sharps Management and Procedures Project. Some common elements of these projects include supply and installation of community sharps disposal infrastructure (bins), safe disposal promotion, and training council employees in the safe handling and disposal of community sharps. For information on the grants program click here.

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TAFE safe handling course

TAFE NSW will offer a TAFE Statement in Safe Collection and Disposal of Community Sharps course in 2010. The course will be delivered as a 3 hour skill-based training session either at TAFE campuses, or at council facilities if numbers are sufficient. It has been developed to meet the needs of local government employees that may be exposed to sharps in the workplace, and is designed to assist councils to meet the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 by providing safe systems of work for their employees. The course will cover identification of sharps hazards, assessment and control of risks, information about the potential for disease transmission, and procedures and practices for the safe collection and disposal of sharps. To view an example of an Occupational Health and Safety Operating Procedure and Safe Work Method Statement for sharps management click here.

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New information resources

Information about a new NSW Health brochure on the safe handling of community sharps is now available on this website. Go to Safe disposal brochure and follow the link under the NSW Health brochure heading.

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