Free Template - Risk Registry for Safe Community Needle Pick-up

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New risk registry helps make sure discarded needles in the community are picked up safely

The free risk assessment template was developed by Workplace Safety North (WSN) in partnership with Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY), and is now being made available free of charge to all communities.
With offices in downtown Sudbury and headquarters in North Bay, WSN chose to be part of the solution with regards to the opioid epidemic and the large quantity of used needles found in public areas.

Purpose of Risk Registry Template for Needle Pick-up
  • Risk assessment template helps organizations identify site-specific dangers (Hazards) along with ways (Controls) to manage risks associated with needle pick-up, handling and disposal.
  • The risk assessment helps an organization decide if their current controls are adequate or need to be improved; and if new controls need to be implemented to further reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
  • Template has examples to help organizations perform their own site-specific risk assessment. 
  • It’s important to note that companies should use the sample data provided as reference only. Each company will have its own unique job tasks, hazards and controls which they will want to capture for ongoing improvement.
  • Every organization will need to do their own risk assessment to reflect its unique job tasks, hazards, and controls.
  • The risk matrix provided in the template is one of many that exist, and organizations may also choose to use their own risk matrix to match their company’s risk management program.
  • Committed to the northern Ontario communities that it serves and where its staff live, work, and play, WSN is making the template available free of charge to all interested communities. The registry also provides an opportunity to further educate the public about addiction and mental health, and reduce stigma.

General Guidance on Performing a Risk Assessment

  1. Identify the different job tasks (for example: needle pick-up, needle storage, containment, dealing with media, etc.).
  2. For each job task, identify the hazards (or unwanted events).
  3. Identify the existing controls to control each hazard.
  4. Using the risk matrix, assess the likelihood the hazard or unwanted event can occur.
  5. Assess the consequence of the hazard (worst possible outcome of the harm that can occur—such as fatality, disabling, injury).
  6. Evaluate the risk (Likelihood multiplied by Consequence on the risk matrix).
  7. Determine if there are any weaknesses or problems with the existing controls.
  8. Once the initial risk is assessed, the organization needs to determine acceptable risks, and decide if controls need to be improved or put new ones in place.
  9. Re-assess the Likelihood and Consequence ratings based on the new or improved controls, and re-evaluate remaining risk.