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Sharps Safety Summary
Use an appropriate sharps container, which
Closable and remain upright
Leak-proof on the sides and bottom
Labeled or color-coded
Place sharps containers where they are easily accessible to personnel and located as close as possible to the immediate area where sharps are used.
Replace sharps containers routinely to prevent overfilling.
Place all needles and other sharps in sharps disposal containers immediately (or as soon as feasible) after use.
Remember that self-sheathing and other safe needle devices are considered to be sharps and must be disposed of in a sharps container.
Use a safety device, mechanical device, or one-handed technique if necessary to recap, bend, or remove a contaminated sharp device (eg, when removing a scalpel blade from its handle). These actions are permissible
if there is no feasible alternative.
Do not recap, bend, or remove needles from needle holders or disposable syringes.
Never shear or break contaminated sharps.
Do not fill sharps containers above the line that indicates maximum fill (no more than 3/4 full).
Do not place hand into the opening of a sharps container to prevent puncture/exposure.
Do not pick up contaminated, broken glass using your hands (use mechanical means, such as tongs, forceps, dust pan and brush).
Do not remove or replace a sharps container before closing to prevent spilling and risk of exposure/injury.
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