Appropriate Handling of Non-Medical Sharps Waste20 March 2023
Learn to handle non-medical sharps waste responsibly. Ensure safe disposal for various settings. Your guide to proper non-medical sharps waste management.
Non-medical sharps waste should always be handled with care. Optimally handling them and disposing of them correctly is crucial in ensuring that they will not pose a risk of injuries and infections to handlers and the general public.
Examples of non-medical sharps include needles, razors, blades, and tools used by tattoo studios and beauty therapists. The treatment of diabetes at home will result in the use of insulin syringes which must also be disposed of correctly.
Disposing of Non-medical Sharps Correctly
To ensure that non-medical sharps products will not cause any contamination to the environment and people, they should always be disposed of in compliant sharps disposal containers. These containers must be resistant to leaks and punctures, and secure so that they cannot be accessed by people after disposal.
Here are some correct ways to dispose of non-medical sharps:
• Use appropriate sharps containers: Non-medical sharps should be placed in a puncture-resistant container, namely a hard plastic container, that can be tightly secured and closed.
• Label the container: The container should be clearly labelled as “Sharps” with a biohazard symbol to alert waste handlers and the public of the dangerous contents contained within.
• Do not recycle: Non-medical sharps should not be recycled as they can injure waste handlers and workers.
• Do not dispose of them in regular trash or recycling bins: Non-medical sharps must never be disposed of in the regular rubbish bin or recycling bin, as they can injure waste handlers and others who come into contact with them.
• Check local regulations: Check with your local waste management agency or council for the appropriate disposal options in your area.
• Use of a community sharps disposal program: The local council may offer a sharps disposal program where residents can drop off their non-medical sharps at designated locations for correct disposal The local council may supply the person with a sharps container in which the used sharp must be put into.
Sharpsafe Containers for storage and handling of used Non-medical Sharps Waste
If you want to ensure that your workplace and the environment are safe from injuries and infections caused by exposure to non-medical sharps waste, consider using Sharpsafe Containers. Sharpsafe manufactures a wide range of high-quality Sharpsafe products made from low-carbon footprint recycled materials which are space-saving with a small benchtop footprint.
The Sharpsafe sharps containers are available in a range of different capacities and are available with an internal safety flap for extra protection. These products are made from polypropylene which is known for its long-lasting durability.
The Sharpsafe products are also simple to assemble as they feature wide openings and large headroom and conform to Australian Standards.
Using Sharpsafe sharps containers and employing the correct disposal of non-medical sharps within your organisation will help to ensure that your workplace is safe and protects the general public and the environment.
For more information, please contact the friendly team at Sharpsafe.