What are the different types of household sharps and related medical waste items?
- Pen Needles
Why should I treat my sharps any differently than other trash?
Managing sharps safely protects family members, friends, sanitation workers and anyone else who may be exposed to this waste from accidental needle sticking.
What should I do with the used sharps in my house?
b) Choose to contain your used sharps/needles for future disposal
b) Destroy your needles immediately after use
Note: Never place any loose used needles directly into your garbage cans!
Steps to take When choosing to contain your used sharps/needles for later disposal
- Place all used needles into a thick plastic container with a screw on top, or use an approved sharps and biohazardous waste container
- Make sure that any container being used for needle disposal is clearly labeled as such
- Do not store or dispose of any used sharps in soda cans, cans without screw tops, or any container which can break open.
- All sharps placed into a container should be put in with the needle first.
- Ensure that the disposal container is kept out of the reach of any children.
Steps to take when choosing to destroy your needles right after using them:
reduces them to small metal balls. The remaining syringe can then simply be disposed of in the garbage since it poses no health danger.
How can I dispose of my sharps safely?
medical provider for more information. Be sure to follow all instructions given including what type of container you
need to use. DO NOT bring used needles and syringes to a facility that does not accept them.
Follow all requirements for storage as provided by the program you choose.
little over half-full.
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