Sharp waste disposal procedures

Sharp waste disposal procedures

What are they?

A sharp is any item having corners, edges, or projections capable of cutting or piercing the skin. The following items (whether contaminated with hazardous waste or not) are considered sharps and must be disposed in punctured-proof containers and managed as sharps waste.

  • Needles and syringes
  • Scalpel and razor blades
  • Clinical glass such as Pasteur pipettes
  • Any other clinical items that are capable of puncturing
  • Broken glassware is not considered a sharp unless it is contaminated with hazardous waste

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