Sharps containers are specifically made to contain sharps waste. Where should you purchase one?
Medical waste disposal demands its own set of disposal containers. So there are many of them depending on the type of waste being discarded. There are general bio-hazardous containers, sharps containers for medical waste that is considered sharps waste and red bags for red bag waste.
Sharps containers are to contain hazardous piercing instruments, in order to reduce the risk of injury and spread of infection. A sharps container is mostly used for medical needles and any other sharp medical instruments, as an IV catheter.
Sharps themselves aren’t just needles. The term of course refers to any item that is capable of puncturing the skin, this includes lancets, scalpels and syringes. They are capable of spreading that blood or fluid into anyone who comes in contact with them. These instruments may contain disease-carrying blood or other potentially infectious materials on them. Therefore sharps containers are a must for facilities that deal with sharps waste.
You should factor in the cost of sharps injury prevention for your facility beforehand when defining the exact type and brand of sharps container to purchase. Cheaper isn’t necessarily better. The CD covers this extensively on its resource page for sharps safety and injury stoppage.
Used needles and other sharps should immediately be placed in FDA-cleared sharps disposal containers according to the FDA. They are available through pharmacies, medical supply companies, and health care providers.
Possibly the coolest way to obtain approved sharps containers is by working with a expert, responsible, and safe medical waste disposal company.
We can provide red bags, boxes and bins, and sharps containers to better facilitate the storage and transportation of your medical waste. Our obedience teams work thoroughly to help customers in understanding how to avoid hazards and risks commonly encountered in medical waste disposal, including disposal receptacles.
Call us today to discuss service options. You can also have medical waste receptacle offerings to keep your facility in compliance and mitigate risk.