Safety & Disposal
Safe use and disposal of sharps
Care must be exercised during the use and disposal of sharps. Good practice in the disposal of sharps includes the following key points:
Selecting, evaluating and using sharps disposal containers
Safety performance criteria for sharps disposal containers are divided into four areas:
Functional: Sharps disposal containers should be durable, leak resistant and puncture resistant.
Accessible: Sharps disposal containers must be accessible to workers who use, maintain, or dispose of sharps devices. This includes sufficient number, sufficient container volume, and safe access to the disposal opening on individual containers. Other important factors include convenient placement and (if necessary) portability of containers within the workplace.
Visible: Sharps disposal containers should be visible to the workers who must use them. Container fill status and warning labels are also important visibility criteria.
Accommodative: The sharps disposal container should accommodate the user, the facility, and the environment.