FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are SaniCaps® for?
  2. Are SaniCaps® effective against HIV, Hepatitis B, and other dangerous infectious pathogens?
  3. Can I use alcohol to disinfect my needles?
  4. We haven’t had any known infections so far, so why should we use SaniCaps®?
  5. Can I use a disinfectant spray or wipe on my needle?
  6. What are the three critical areas that must be disinfected?
  7. Do SaniCaps® stain apparel?
  8. Why can’t I just replace the needle when someone is stuck?
  9. Am I liable if a tagging gun needle stick infection occurs?
  10. If I assign guns to specific users do I still need to use SaniCaps®?
  11. How often should we use SaniCaps®?
  12. Where can I get a Tagging Gun Needle Disinfection Policy?
  13. How are SaniCaps® packaged?

Q1: What are SaniCaps® for?

SaniCaps® disinfect tagging gun needles. Everyone who uses tagging guns is going to get stuck by the needle at some “point”. SaniCaps® protect people who use price tagging guns from getting infections from needle sticks. SaniCaps® unique shape and disinfectant kill all the germs on the needle making infection from needle sticks impossible. SaniCaps® eliminate any chance of infection from those needle sticks

Q2: Are SaniCaps® effective against HIV, Hepatitis B, and other dangerous infectious pathogens?

Yes, each SaniCap® contains 0.6 ml of an EPA registered formula that kills HIV (AIDS virus), HBV (hepatitis B), and a broad spectrum of other infectious pathogens.

Q3: Can I use alcohol to disinfect my needles?

No, according to OSHA and the CDC, alcohol is not effective against hepatitis and other virulent pathogens. An EPA registered disinfectant capable of killing Hepatitis B must be used to be compliant. Each SaniCap® contains 0.6ml of an EPA registered formula (see Q1).

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Q4: We haven’t had any known infections so far, so why should we use SaniCaps®?

No one, not even the people who make tagging guns, disputes the fact that tagging gun needle sticks have transmitted serious infections. Not using a SaniCap® is a “pointless” and unnecessary risk in a time when drug-resistant strains of bacteria are gaining strength and viruses are mutating faster than their pharmacological solutions. Needle sticks from tagging guns are inevitable. But, you can eliminate the risk of infections from those needle sticks by making sure that there are no pathogens on the needles that can be transmitted. SaniCaps® eliminate the risks of infections and liability.

Q5: Can I use a disinfectant spray or wipe on my needle?

No. According to OSHA and other pathogenic experts familiar with tagging guns, neither sprays nor wipes adequately disinfect the three critical areas. Needles and guns must be immersed and saturated to ensure full pathogenic kill on all three critical areas.

Q6: What are the three critical areas that must be disinfected?

The three critical areas are: (1) The OUTSIDE of the needle, (2) the INSIDE of the hollow needle, and (3) the METAL ROD that moves back and forth inside the needle as the gun is fired. This metal rod contacts the inside of the needle every time the gun is used. Any germs on this rod will contaminate the needle. Failure to disinfect any one of these three areas nullifies the entire disinfection process. ONLY A PATENTED SANICAP® CAN RELIABLY DISINFECT ALL THREE CRITICAL AREAS AND COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE RISK OF INFECTION.

Q7: Do SaniCaps® stain apparel?

No, SaniCaps® are specially formulated not to stain, bleach, nor harm apparel.

Q8: Why can’t I just replace the needle when someone is stuck?

Simply replacing a needle doesn’t address the third of the three critical areas as outlined above. Any infectious material on that metal rod will contaminate the needle. ONLY A SANICAP® CAN RELIABLY DISINFECT ALL THREE AREAS AND COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE RISK OF INFECTION.

Q9: Am I liable if a tagging gun needle stick infection occurs?

Yes. According to OSHA the use of tagging guns can result in a worker sustaining a needle stick with a contaminated needle and this risk of infection can be reasonably anticipated. Even the leading tagging gun manufacturer’s product insert warns “Needle sticks can transmit life-threatening diseases….” They know it (and warned you), OSHA knows it, and the industry as a whole knows it.

But, SaniCaps® eliminate those risks of needle stick infections and liability.

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Q10: If I assign guns to specific users do I still need to use SaniCaps®?

Yes. Restricting a gun’s use to a single person only reduces the risk of bloodborne transmission between users. It does not eliminate the risk of cross-contamination infections.

Apparel is porous and can retain microscopic infectious germs. A tagging gun’s sharp, hollow, hypodermic-like needle can contact, retain, and transfer those germs to someone when they are stuck. SaniCaps® eliminate that risk by eliminating all the infectious material on the needle.

Remember, many people have handled the apparel items you are tagging as they go from manufacturing to distribution to point of sale. Some of that handling has occurred in countries where diseases and/or infections are more prevalent and work conditions may be less hygienic. {Protect yourself from infections with SaniCaps®}.

SaniCaps® eliminate all germs on the needle, making infection impossible.

Q11: How often should we use SaniCaps®?

A SaniCap® should be used every time a tagging gun needle stick occurs. Also, you should have a policy that requires the use of a SaniCap® before an employee begins their tagging duties to ensure the needles are free of any infectious materials. Needle sticks are always “unscheduled accidents.” SaniCaps® make infection impossible.

Q12: Where can I get a Tagging Gun Needle Disinfection Policy?

Call 1-866-SANICAP (726-4227) or write sanicap@sanicap.com for a free policy.

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Q13: How are SaniCaps® packaged?

SaniCap® 100 (item #175) contains 100 SaniCaps® in a small box 4.5” x 3.25” x 4.5”. Each box is printed with Directions in English/Spanish and has a convenient side dispenser. The #175 is perfect for use in stores.

SaniCap® 1000 (item #150) contains 1,000 SaniCaps® in a 15” x 10” x 5” (6 lbs.) box with Directions in English/Spanish. The #150 is for use in small to medium manufacturing and/or distribution centers.

SaniCap® 5000 (item #140) contains 5,000 SaniCaps® in a 19” x 15” x 13” (26 lbs.) box with Directions in English/Spanish. The #140 is for use in medium to large manufacturing and/or distribution centers.


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