Due to raised concerns by employees, Starbucks has been installing needle-disposal boxes at several locations.
Business Insider reports, the coffee giant has so far installed disposal boxes at 25 US locations.
Starbucks plans to install the boxes in all regions in areas where the needle-disposal boxes are essential, by this summer.
Business Insider obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act request wherein 2018, Starbucks was investigated by OSHA after two employees at a store in Oregon were stuck by hypodermic needles within a month of each other.
The company ended up paying an over $3,000 fine as a result of the investigation.
A petition on Cowoker.org which has been signed by over 5,000 Starbucks employees concerning the need for disposal boxes claims According to Vox, Employees are not obligated to dispose of needles but if they refuse, they have to contact a hazmat team which, will come out of the store’s budget.
“These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations." a Starbucks spokesperson told USA Today.
Going on to say “We have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm’s way."??