Sharps must be properly disposed of to prevent the spread of bloodborne diseases to healthcare workers and the general public. To do so, waste disposal companies sterilize sharps in an autoclave by using high pressure for 15-20 minutes to “deactivate” all bacteria and viruses on any material. Another method to sterilize sharps is to use is an incinerator, which uses high temperature to convert organic substances contained in the waste materials. This treatment is more typically used on chemotherapy sharps waste.
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