Can I Throw My Full Sharps Container in the Garbage?

Sharps  |  October 20th, 2016

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...READ ARTICLE

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

Sharps  |  October 18th, 2016

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...READ ARTICLE

How Do Hospitals Dispose of Controlled Substances?

Sharps  |  October 17th, 2016

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...READ ARTICLE

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

Sharps  |  October 17th, 2016

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...READ ARTICLE

5 Examples of Sharps That You Might Have in Your Home

Sharps  |  October 14th, 2016

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...READ ARTICLE