Protect Yourself When Handling Sharps

Prompt Disposal

The best way to prevent cuts and sticks is to minimize contact with sharps.  That means disposing of them immediately after use.  Puncture-resistant containers must be available nearby to hold contaminated sharps.

Sharps Containers

Containers for used sharps must be puncture resistant.  They must be labeled or color coded red to ensure that everyone knows the contents are hazardous.  Containers for disposable sharps must have a lid  Containers also should be available wherever sharps may be found, such as in laundries.  The containers must be replaced routinely and not be overfilled, which can increase the risk of needle-sticks or cuts.

Sharps Container
Sharps Container


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