Sharps containers disposal can be done daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly. It all depends on the amount of waste that is being produced per day.

The sharps containers come in different shapes, sizes, colours, and uses. The licensed company normally collects the sharps containers with the wastes to dispose of in the right disposal areas.  The sharps containers aren’t just normal, they are specialised for specific use.

In this article, we will learn more about the disposal of sharp bins, features of the sharps containers, precautions to be taken during sharps box disposal, recommended standards of the sharp containers, and sharps container disposal methods.

Features of the Sharps Containers

The sharps containers are normally evaluated for safety and effectiveness to reduce any injury or infection risks. They are often made from rigid plastics that come with a line that indicates the container is full.

Therefore, contaminated sharps materials should not be disposed of past that line. Once full, you can consult the sharps container collection company to get the materials collected.

If the collection day hasn’t reached, you can still consult them to come to pick up the waste. Based on the use, you can even acquire the travel sizes to use while away from home. This ensures that you still dispose of the matter well.

In case the sharps containers are not available, you can use a heavy-duty plastic household container as an alternative.

Precautions to be Taken With Sharps Bin Disposal

  • Sharp materials like syringes, needles, lancets, scalpels, and auto-injectors need to be placed in the sharps container.
  • Never remove, recap, break or bend contaminated sharps waste before disposal in the bins.
  • Never put unused or used sharps materials in the household waste bins.
  • Always opt for reusable sharps containers that can be reused after disinfection by the recommended licensed company.
  • Only fill up the containers at the recommended capacity and never overfill above the fill line.
  • Always check the manufacturer’s instructions.

Recommended Standards of the Sharp Containers

  • Be made of heavy-duty material.
  • Shutter and Puncture proof material.
  • Leakproof.
  • Have a large opening to accommodate the sharps when being disposed of.
  • Tight-fitting lid.
  • Remain upright during use and handling.
  • Clearly labelled to show the use of the specific sharps containers.

Sharps Container Disposal Methods

Most occupational injuries mostly come from sharps injuries. This also increases the spread of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. However, proper disposal reduces the risks of such.

All sharps materials need to be placed in the recommended containers for appropriate disposal. There are three disposal methods:

1. Mail back

This is where the sharps waste is properly packaged, labelled, and sent through the mail to the designated waste disposal area.

2. Collection

This method requires a licensed company to come to collect the filled-up sharps container based on the agreement. The disposal company will collect and manage the waste appropriately for the safety of the facility.

3. On-site treatment

This is a great disposal method which is a very resource-intensive method that requires specialised equipment. If the facility doesn’t have the required equipment, they shouldn’t choose this method.

Conclusion

Sharps containers need to be well handled to ensure that their content doesn’t spill over which can be a huge disaster. All facilities and individuals need to take the right measures to ensure proper disposal of sharps waste at all times.

Trikon Clinical Waste offers the best sharps container disposal service of all time. Not only do we dispose of the sharps wastes, but we also disinfect the containers for later use. We will always offer alternative sharps bins during collection.

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