There’s Safety in a Sharps Container

Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about where our trash goes. However, if you use biomedical equipment, it is your responsibility to responsibly dispose of waste that may pose a risk to others. Many people use sharp tools to deal with health problems. If so, you should have access to a sharps container.

Below we will discuss in more detail what sharps are and how to safely dispose of them. What are sharp objects? Sharps are any biomedical devices used to pierce the skin. Sharp objects include:
auto-injectors such as insulin injectors
lancets (lancets for diabetes, HIV home testing, etc.)
infusion sets

Also when using sharp objects at home, such as animal health, must always be considered medical waste to be treated. This means they require special handling for safe disposal What is a needle case? Do not dispose of sharps as general waste.

Dispose of sharps in FDA-approved medical sharps containers for safe disposal. The containers are available in companies that sell medical devices and in pharmacies. Anyone with access to sharp instruments (needles, syringes, etc.)) should have a sharps container.

The cannula containers are made of robust plastic and are marked with a filling line. Also, they come in different forms, including travel versions. The marking on the container indicates the content. Contains warnings related to safety and potentially biohazardous materials.

You will see these containers in hospitals, pharmacies and some public restrooms.

When the needle container is full, dispose of it responsibly. They can often be disposed of in monitored locations such as a police station, hospital, or doctor’s office. If you have a local recycling center, they may offer hazardous waste collection.

Some FDA-approved sharps containers are subject to a recall program.For a fee you can send the container for safe disposal.

Why is a sharps container important?
Used sharps are extremely dangerous if not stored properly. They pose a risk to adults, children and pets, especially when removed from public places.

Sharp objects must therefore be placed in a suitable container immediately after use.

Sharp instruments pose a clear risk of cuts and punctures, which can lead to secondary infections. The real risk, however, lies in what they can carry.