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Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted by : Tina

This is someone’s office!

Imagine, you come in to your office in the morning and the lights are out. In the night someone has come in and thrown hundreds of used syringes around. You are allowed to enter with a flashlight, and before you begin work you must find, collect and dispose of all of the needles.

There are 287 used syringes in this photo of a manhole.


This is someone’s office!

Of the 287 needles found in this manhole, an estimated 86 will be contaminated with Hepatitis B, 28 with Hepatitis C and at least 1 will be infected with HIV. Can you spot them?

Welcome to MUG Solutions Blog.

Every day utility workers around the world have to enter manholes that contain hazards such as used syringes, often floating in sludge which may be contaminated. Increasing urban density has perpetuated the issues involving illicit drug use.  Because many Needle Exchange programs found in major cities around the world have no requirement to return a syringe to get a new one, there has been an alarming increase in the disposal of used syringes throughout streets and alleys.  One popular method of disposal for users is through holes found in manhole lids.  In the downtown eastside of Vancouver an average of 60 – 100 needles per month can be found inside a single manhole.  It is estimated that 15%+ of urban manholes have been identified to contain syringes.

MUG Solutions  provides the ONLY permanent solution that prevents biohazard contaminants (such as used syringes) and other debris from entering manholes.  The MUG FlapTM was implemented in some areas of the downtown eastside of Vancouver 3 years ago, with those manholes NEVER having to be cleaned again.

The MUG FlapTM eliminates many issues of employee safety hazards in the manholes. It minimizes corporate liability, employee time, costs of professional cleaning on each entry, and reduces degradation of material in the manholes from the accumulation of debris and sludge with virtually no change to the employee manhole entry procedures.

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