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What Should I Do with Used Needles?

syringe sharps waste elimination
Used Needles Regulations Concern for the potential health issues regarding medical waste promoted during the 1980’s after medical waste were washing up along east coast beaches. Because of this, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) created rules and regulations regarding medical waste, and used needles. The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was put into…

What Do Diabetics Do with Their Needles at Home?

Glucose meter, insulin needles and blood
Nearly 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. This is not only bad because of the obvious reason that they have diabetes, but for every diabetic in America thousands of needles are used and disposed of over the course of their treatment, which is generally their whole life. Why Is That a Big…

How Do You Dispose of Sharps Containers from Home?

Hypodermic Needle Caps
To ensure that your harmful needles don’t make their way into the streets and water systems of your community, disposal of sharps containers must be compliant and thorough. Sharps are defined as any bio-hazardous material that could puncture skin and is contaminated with bodily fluids.

Can I Throw My Full Sharps Container in the Garbage?

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To stay within OSHA compliance guidelines and states regulations, one cannot throw their full sharps container in the regular garbage. Sharps containers contain extremely dangerous waste, and thus have to dealt with as such. According to OSHA estimates, 5.6 billion healthcare workers handling medical equipment such as needles, syringes and scalpels are at risk of…

The Step-By-Step Guide to Disposing of Used Needles at Home

Millions of Americans use needles, lancets or other sharps every year. These items are obviously incredibly useful, but at the same time they can be very dangerous to people who come in contact with them directly or indirectly. In order to combat these avoidable injuries that could possibly transmit infectious disease, follow our easy step-by-step…

How Many Needles Do Hospitals Use and How Do They Dispose of Them?

Clean needles in a pile
Every hospital in the world, on a daily basis, uses needles on a majority of the patients they see. However, not every hospital disposes of these needles correctly, especially in places with improper training. That being said, how many needles do hospitals actually use daily? Is it an actual problem or just overblown to scare…

How Do Hospitals Dispose of Controlled Substances?

Prescription Pharmaceutical Drugs
Every year nurses divert thousands of controlled substances from their hospital and patients every year. The most commonly stolen medications are opioid pain killers. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing estimates that one nurse per month will steal drugs from their hospital, but also notes that there aren’t any reliable statistics for nurse…

Can I Throw My Lancets, Insulin Syringes or Injection Needles in the Garbage?

Washed up syringe
Absolutely not! Under no circumstances is throwing a used needle or any sharps in the regular waste bin acceptable. It’s dangerous to you, your co-workers and the environment. In the 80s hundreds of used needles and other medical waste started washing up on the shores of New Jersey and New York, causing them to shut…

5 Examples of Sharps That You Might Have in Your Home

EpiPen auto injecting syringe
In hospital settings nurses, doctors, and technicians must be very careful about what they put in their medical waste bins. Anything that could rip or puncture their bio bag has to be put into a sharps container in order to stop any possible leakage or contamination. At home, however, people are generally not as careful…

What Can You Put in a Sharps Container?

Drawn Sharps Examples
What are sharps? What should you put in a sharps container? Why do we need sharps containers? Read this to find out!