HEALTH 01/11/2019 02:07 pm ET Starbucks employees have expressed concern about the potential of being stuck by discarded hypodermic needles. By Erin Schumaker Starbucks employees are worried about the danger of being stuck with used syringes discarded in store bathrooms. More than 3,700 people had signed a petition requesting safe syringe disposal in the stores’ bathrooms as of Friday. The petition cited fear of exposure to infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B, should a Starbucks employee accidentally come in contact with a used needle while cleaning the bathroom or emptying the trash — something multiple employees have reported happening. Starbucks installed safe syringe disposal boxes in all of its Seattle stores last year, and is now responding to employee concerns by exploring rolling them out to more locations. “At the end of the day, we want to make sure that our partners are safe,” Starbucks spokesperson Reggie Borges said. “I don’t think this is a problem unique to Starbucks,” he added. “I think a lot of retail business are dealing with this.” Dr. Alysse Wurcel, an attending infectious disease physician at Tufts Medical Center, praised the needle-disposal box rollout, saying she “absolutely” thinks there should be needle… Read full this story
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