- OSHA Healthcare Advisor - http://blogs.hcpro.com/osha -

Sharps disposal containers: Access vs. security

Fellow HCPro blogger Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company [1], 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 [2].