dispose of sharps

Sharps can be referred to as apparatus or objects that have sharp points and can pierce through or cut skin. Non Medical sharps are therefore types of sharps that can be used both in the medical institution and outside.

Examples of non-medical sharps include a lancet that is used to test blood sugar levels, Pasteur pipettes, hypodermic needles, and tubing connection needles.

Proper waste management reduced the risks of transmitting some infections that are blood-borne contracted by careless handling of these sharp equipment.

What are Non-Medical Sharps?

In most cases, medical sharps have drugs or substances that may be harmful to anyone who gets in contact with them. Note that non-medical sharps are still used in medical environments or institutions.

The main difference is that they can be used outside the institution by anyone. Studies show that there are two main types of transmissions experienced from improper handling of non-medical sharps. These transmissions are percutaneous exposure and mucocutaneous exposure.

Percutaneous exposure involves the splashing of fluids from the used sharps or skin puncture by the sharps that may transmit infectious disease to the victim. Mucocutaneous exposure is when there is contact with skin or the mucous membrane of the eyes, mouth, or nose.

When a patient has been prescribed medicine that requires needles, he or she is advised not to dispose of the used needles and other sharp objects in the household waste. The reason is that it may tear the black waste bag and remain exposed which may come in contact with another person who may be handling the waste.

A Recommended Method of Disposing of Non-medical Sharps is

Effective Disposal Containers

These are special durable disposal containers that are used to efficiently and safely dispose of sharps. It helps reduce the instances of sharps injuries due to poor disposal or management of these used sharps.

They come in different models and capacities designed for these non-medical sharps that have been used. It is advisable to change the container when it is ¾ full. You do not have to open it up to confirm whether it is full since there is a line that marks the maximum capacity. The containers are translucent making it easier to see through.

Properties of a Good Sharps Disposal Container

  • It should be leak-resistant to avoid letting out toxic fluids that are harmful to others.
  • Should have a well-fitted lid that cannot be opened easily.
  • Should be made of heavy-duty plastic to ensure it is puncture resistant.
  • Should be well-labelled and have the disclaimer written.

When Disposing of a Sharp, the Following Precautions Must be Followed

  • Point away the sharp end from your body, this means that the sharp end goes into the disposal container first.
  • Avoid making contact with the inside of the disposal container while dropping the sharp.
  • Drop the sharp instead of pushing it inside the disposal container.
  • Artery forceps should be used when disposing of scalpels.
  • When the sharps’ container is full and ready to be replaced, seal the container properly.


Each facility needs to know how to handle medical and non-medical sharps. At Trikon clinical Waste Solutions we specialise in providing proper training on the handling of these wastes and providing resources to enlighten all facility users on the dangers.  We have the perfect colour-coded containers to accommodate the different types of non-medical sharps. We accommodate different kinds of workplaces’ needs at a fair price. To get a free quote, get in touch with us today.

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