A sharps container is simply a container that is filled with used medical needles, scalpels or any small sharp medical instruments. According to OSHA, containers for contaminated sharps must be puncture-resistant. The sides and the bottom must be leakproof. They must be appropriately labeled or color-coded red to warn everyone that the contents are hazardous.
What can you do to prevent sharps injuries?
- Utilize appropriate sharps containers in your work environment.
- Dispose sharps with care (keep fingers away from opening of the container, do not overfill the sharps containers, follow safety guidelines when disposing sharps).
- Recapping a used needle prior to placing into sharps containers.
- Dispose sharps immediately after use, or as soon as possible.
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