Sharps disposal containers: Access vs. security

By: May 28th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Fellow HCPro blogger Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, does a great job of analyzing sharps disposal container design and placement in light of The Joint Commission (TJC) survey process, proving that, for some healthcare facilities, OSHA is not the only oversight watchdog to worry about.

The situation involves weighing the worker-safety merits of providing unimpeded access to a sharps container with TJC requirement of having secured waste storage in a cardiac vascular lab.

For an example of some clear-cut thinking, that might also get you out of a regulatory bind, read “Even sharps containers can benefit from a risk assessment” on Mac’s Safety Space.

Comments

By BILL PICKRELL on August 23rd, 2011 at 3:18 pm

WHAT IS THE CORRECT HEIGHT FOR SHARPS CONTAINERS?

By David LaHoda on August 23rd, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Standing workstation: 52 to 56 inches above the standing surface of the user. See Ask the expert: Sharps container disposal height.

By John Decker on August 6th, 2013 at 8:48 am

This is a great article. I just started working in a hospital and I do not know all the necessary precautions when throwing away medical supplies in sharps containers. I did not know they must be red and puncture-resistant and labeled as sharp waste, or with a biohazard symbol. I was also told to never over fill these types of sharps containers because something might fall out.

By Alyssa Serle on June 16th, 2015 at 2:47 am

To avoid injury and spreading of infections that can cause serious health conditions where in most common infections are Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), we must dispose our sharp objects properly. Impact Hygiene provides a convenient sharps waste disposal solution handled by professionally trained technicians. The containers you need to safely and securely dispose of scalpels, needles, syringes and other medical waste will be provided, and serviced to provide you with convenience and peace of mind.

Impact Hygiene – Sharps
http://impacthygiene.com.au/sharps-disposal/

 

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