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Starbucks is Installing Needle-Disposal Boxes in Locations Across America Following OSHA Penalties and Worker Concerns About Drug Use in Bathrooms

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  • Starbucks has installed needle-disposal boxes in its locations’ bathrooms in at least 25 US markets, as the chain works to address workers’ safety concerns in recent months.
  • By this summer, the coffee giant plans to have installed sharps boxes in bathrooms in all regions where such action was deemed necessary.
  • The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated Starbucks’ safety policies and practices in late 2018, after two employees at a store in Eugene, Oregon, were stuck with hypodermic needles within a month of each other, according to documents obtained by Business Insider through a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • Starbucks was penalized $3,100 as a result of the investigation.
  • Thousands of workers have called for Starbucks to install sharps boxes in its bathrooms as employees report finding blood and needles and being pricked by improperly discarded sharps, risking exposure to HIV and hepatitis.

By Kate Taylor | 23 April 2019

BUSINESS INSIDER — Starbucks’ efforts to address opioid use and improperly disposed needles in its bathrooms are expanding.

Starbucks stores in at least 25 US markets have installed needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms in recent months. By this summer, the chain aims to have installed sharps boxes in bathrooms in all regions where such action has been deemed necessary.

The coffee giant also allows local district managers or store managers to put in requests to have sharps-disposal boxes installed in their locations’ bathrooms. […]

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