By definition, sharps waste is any biohazardous material that can puncture skin and is contaminated with bodily fluids. According to OSHA estimates, 5.6 million healthcare workers handling medical equipment such as needles, syringes, and scalpels are at risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens from sharps-related injuries. Therefore, it is crucial for medical clinics, practices, surgery centers, and other businesses that generate contaminated needles and syringes to dispose of medical sharps waste correctly.
Wisconsin Medical Waste is right for you. For taking care of all disposal services that are right for you? Here is a list of sharps that have been identified as potentially biohazardous waste that needs to be disposed of according to local, state or federal regulations. These items can be glass, metal, or plastic with rigid corners, sharp edges, or protruding pieces that can slice, scrape or pierce the skin. Such items include:
- Acupuncture needles
- Blood vials
- Broken glass or capillary tubes
- Culture dishes and slides
- Exposed ends of dental wires
- Needles, hypodermic and tubing
- Root canal files
- Scalpel blades
- Suture needles
- Syringes with and without needles
- Trauma scene waste that can cut, slice or pierce
- Tubing with needles
Thanks to our dedicated disposal service specialists, you don’t have to worry about your waste. We are experienced in providing you with the top quality service, taking care of every aspect of waste management from start till the ending.
Proper Sharps Waste Disposal Requires:
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- Proper puncture-proof container
- Care from the medical community
- Proper training for dealing with sharps
- A licensed medical waste disposal company for container removal
To reduce the risk of injury, the FDA recommends healthcare facilities and other waste generators follow a two-step process for proper medical sharps disposal:
- Place all needles and sharps in a verified sharps disposal container immediately after use.
- Overfilling containers increase risk of injury, so when 3/4 full, follow community guidelines on getting rid of the sharps container.
Please note – Storage requirements and community guidelines vary by location.
By following medical sharps disposal regulations, you can keep your business compliant and avoid unnecessary fees, reduce pollution to the environment, prevent injury, and prevent the spread of disease.
How are Sharps Disposed of ?
We facilitate that process to make sure that
Sharps must be properly disposed of to prevent the spread of blood borne diseases to healthcare workers and the general public.
There are sterilize sharps in an autoclave by using high pressure for 15-20 minutes to “deactivate” all bacteria and viruses on any material.
Or alternative methods to sterilize sharps can be used like incineration which is a process that uses high temperature to convert organic substances contained in the waste materials.
We make sure that whatever treatment is applied, it must be applied correctly especially to chemotherapy sharps waste.