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Spent SyringesCities and towns, as well as some Executive Departments, have been seeking guidance to safely clean up and dispose of used syringes that increasingly have been found in Massachusetts communities. The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), whose mission includes protecting workers’ safety and health through education and training, has developed a training program that covers safe cleanup procedures for discarded syringes, consistent with affiliated OSHA standards (OSHA Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030) with which both Executive Departments and cities and towns must comply. This training was presented by Mary Dozois of DLS at OSD’s Fall Fleet Event in November and her presentation was received with great interest. If you missed that presentation, we are happy to report that the training module is available via webcast. State employees also may complete the PACE e-learning module: How to Pick Up Discarded Syringes Safely.

After viewing DLS’s presentation, the purchase of several items is recommended before moving forward with cleanup efforts. These include puncture resistant gloves, protective footwear, sharps disposal containers, tools for remote handling of the debris, and a means to properly dispose of collected items. Below we’ve listed some Statewide Contract resources for your reference. Select the Statewide Contract link for additional information, including details to reach the Contract Manager.

Needed Items Statewide Contract Resources
Puncture-resistant Work Gloves CLT08 – Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear, Accessories, Personal Care Products, and Bedding (Categories: 1, 5, and 14)

FIR04 – Public Safety Equipment, Supplies, and Repairs  (Categories: 1 – 3)

HLS05 – Homeland Security, Public Safety, and Traffic Safety Supplies

FAC94 – Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Products, Supplies, and Small Hand & Power Tools (Category: Safety)

Tools for Remote Handling HLS05 – Homeland Security, Public Safety, and Traffic Safety Supplies

FAC94 – Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Products, Supplies, and Small Hand & Power Tools (Category: Hand Tools)

Sharps Disposal Containers HSP40 – Medical Commodities

HLS05 – Homeland Security, Public Safety, and Traffic Safety Supplies

FAC94 – Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Products, Supplies, and Small Hand & Power Tools (Category: Material Handling)

Waste Disposal FAC82 – Hazardous/Universal, Medical, and Electronic Waste Disposal and Emergency Response (Category: Sharps Collection and Disposal)
Protective Footwear CLT08 – Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear, Accessories, Personal Care Products, and Bedding (Categories 1, 2, 5, and 14)

FIR04 – Public Safety Equipment, Supplies, and Repairs  (Categories: 1 – 3)

HLS05 – Homeland Security, Public Safety, and Traffic Safety Supplies

HSP41 – Laboratory Supplies and Equipment (Safety Products Supplies)

Reach Mary Dozois at DLS at 617-626-5987.

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