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November 23, 2020

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Sharps Disposal

According to Enjuris, needle sticks due to sharps are the third highest type of injury that occurs in the medical industry. Sharps can contain a variety of bloodborne pathogens that are life threatening. Considering that the CDC has stated that there are over 385,000 sharps-related injuries each year, there is critical focus on proper and safe sharps handling, storage, and disposal. Having a Management Program is one step to ensure safety.

Sharps are defined as any biomedical waste device or object that can puncture or lacerate the skin. These can include but are not limited to: hypodermic needles, scalpels, knives, broken glass and plastic, lancets, auto injectors, infusion sets, and connection needle/sets. 

Sharps Resources:

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires that all staff and volunteers that work in an environment where there are sharps attend OSHA training classes on the proper handling and storage of sharps. Most states have their individual OSHA programs for compliance.  HWM offers Compliance Training and HIPAA training through our online portal. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) also has an online workbook entitled: Workbook for Designing, Implementing & Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program.

A majority of healthcare organizations hire a medical waste disposal company for the pickup and disposal of all biohazardous waste, including sharps. The best of these companies will offer an online training and certification program for all staff and volunteers.

Each training and informational program identify the various sharps types, discuss the dangers of sharps as they relate to the transmission of potentially deadly diseases, and include the best practices for sharps handling and disposal.

Safe Handling of Sharps

Safe handling of sharps begins at the very moment of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and continues to the final point of destruction by a licensed and trained medical waste management company. The risk of improperly disposing medical waste can cause needle sticks. It is important to know how to handle medical waste. Here is a handy guide for that; Medical Waste and OSHA – What you need to know. Federal OSHA guidelines are very specific on this topic and encourage all those in the medical community to develop a strategy that protects their employees, volunteers, and patients from sharps injuries:

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