DO’s and DON’Ts Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Sharp

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DO’s and DON’Ts Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Sharp

DO’s and DON’Ts Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Sharp

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DO’s and DON’Ts Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Sharp,

Do

  • Immediately place used needles and other sharps in a sharps disposal container to reduce the risk of needle-sticks, cuts, or punctures from loose sharps.
  • Use an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, if possible.  If an FDA-cleared container isn’t available, some organizations and community guidelines recommend using a heavy-duty plastic household container (i.e. laundry detergent container) as an alternative.
  • Make sure that if a household disposal container is used, it has the basic features of a good disposal container. (See box at  right for more info.)
  • Be prepared — carry a portable sharps disposal container for travel.
  • Follow your community guidelines for getting rid of your sharps disposal container.
  • Call your local trash or public health department (listed in the county and city government section of your phone book) to find out about sharps disposal programs in your area.
  • Ask your health care provider, veterinarian, local hospital or pharmacist o where and how you can obtain an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, o  if they can dispose of your used needles and other sharps, or o  if they know of safe disposal programs near you.
  • Keep all needles and other sharps and sharps disposal containers out of reach of children and pets.

 

Don’t

  • Throw needles and other sharps into the trash.
  • Flush needles and other sharps down the toilet.
  • Put needles and other sharps in your recycling bin — they are not recyclable.
  • Try to remove, bend, break, or recap needles used by another person. This can lead to accidental needle sticks,  which may cause serious infections.
  • Attempt to remove the needle without a needle clipper device because the needles could fall, fly off, or get lost  and injure someone.

 

All sharps disposal containers should be:

  • made of a heavy-duty plastic;
  • able to close with a tight-fitting, puncture-proof lid, without sharps being able to come out;
  • upright and stable during use;
  • leak-resistant; and
  • properly labelled.

 

Best Way to Get Rid of Used Needles and Other Sharps:

Step 1:

Place all needles and other sharps in a sharps disposal container immediately after they have been used. ​

Step 2:

Dispose of used sharps disposal containers according to your community guidelines.

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