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Proper Sharps Disposal

How to Ensure Compliance

Closeup image of medical syringes.

Sharps are one of the most common medical waste items that are used in many different settings. Whether your organization is a healthcare facility, physician’s office, dental or veterinary practice or any other type of company, it’s crucial that any sharps used on the premises of your workplace are disposed of properly to protect staff and visitors and to remain compliant with OSHA and other federal agencies.

Sharps Disposal Containers

Ensuring compliance begins by providing approved sharps containers in the workplace. Physician’s offices and other healthcare facilities should have the correct amount and placement of sharps containers. If your organization is utilizing sharps for patients, sharps containers should be in each exam or treatment room, other organizations can provide sharps containers in restrooms for employees who use sharps for self-care of certain diseases. Some important guidelines for sharps containers are:

  • Sharps containers must never be overfilled
  • Containers must have a locking-lid and remain closed
  • Sharps containers must not be placed within reach of children or pets
  • Containers should be picked up and emptied on a regular basis
  • All facilities should have FDA approved sharps containers

Staff Training

Medical facility staff must be trained on how to handle and dispose of sharps within the laws of compliance. To prevent needlestick injuries and the risks of exposure to pathogens, it’s imperative that all employees are regularly trained and know the regulations regarding handling and disposing of sharps. In addition, staff must be trained and aware of steps to take in case of accidental pricks or injuries.

All Points Medical Waste provides medical waste disposal including sharps. As your medical waste partner we also provide online compliance training for your staff. We’re a family-owned and operated company located in Stuart, Florida, serving customers throughout Southeast Florida. Give us a call today or complete the form on this page to get a quick quote on all your medical waste disposal needs.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Medical Waste. All Points Medical Waste is a family-owned and operated medical waste disposal and compliance company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.
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