Medical items which have sharp points or cutting edges are classified as ‘Sharps’. When handled, these sharps are capable of causing injury as they can puncture or cut human skin. Hence, proper disposal of sharps, needles and syringes is essential. Here are some commonly asked FAQ’s about sharps and proper sharps waste disposal:
Who Use Sharps?
When Are Sharps Used?
Where Are Sharps Used?
What Are the Various Forms of Sharps?
Metal Sharps – metal medical instruments with cutting edges or sharp points. These include scalpel blades, single-use hypodermic needles, lancets, staples, and wires like dental wires.
Glass Sharps – instruments that are broken, cracked, or chipped. This includes any laboratory glass, test tubes, broken glass, fragile glass items, glass Pasteur or serological pipettes, slides, and coverslips pipettes.
Plastic Sharps – medical items that are made of plastic and have torn or serrated edges. These can include items like plastic syringes and plastic Pasteur or serological pipettes.
Importance of Safe Sharps Disposal After Use
It is essential to follow proper sharps waste disposal guidelines set by the Australian Government Department of Health. Discarding of needles and syringes after using them is done by placing them in specially designed containers. People who use sharps to administer medications can safely dispose of used needles and syringes by returning them to a needle and syringe exchange program in their community.
Sharps disposal can also be done by handing them over or causing them to be handled by persons authorised and qualified to do so. Proper disposal of used sharps, needles and syringes ensures the safety of patients, healthcare personnel, waste collectors and the environment.
Sharps Disposal and Sharps Collection Containers
Sharps, needles and syringes should be deposited in a puncture-resistant container with a rigid wall. The container should be sealed or securely closed. This should be done in such a manner that the used sharps are incapable of causing injury to anyone. Sharps disposal containers are made of either hard plastic or cardboard. These types of containers prevent overfilling, leaks and punctures.
These containers will always have a biohazard label, as well as signage as being only for the disposal of community sharps. This ensures they are handled properly. Communities and organisations can get community sharps disposal bins from some local governments or a number of commercial manufacturers that supply units of varying sizes and uses.
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