5 Things to Keep in Mind While Disposing of Sharps

Today everyone is talking about global warming and its consequences that we are facing. There are various things that most organizations and individuals have started to take control of which includes waste management as well. Waste management is known as the process of collection, transportation, and disposal of waste material. These waste items are generally produced by human activities. With the waste management process, one can reduce the chances of its ill effects on the environment as well as on humans.

Medical waste is considered to be the second-largest wastage that gets accumulated after the household one. You would find four types of wastage in the medical industry such as radioactive waste, Hazardous waste, General waste, and Infectious waste. Radioactive waste is produced during the nuclear medicine treatments and the equipment which uses the radioactive isotopes. These radiations which come through the radioactive waste can do potential harm to the human.

Hazardous waste includes various chemicals, sharps, and old drugs which can affect humans in a serious way. The general waste consists of things that are generally used in day-to-day activities such as liquids, plastic, and paper while Infectious waste consists of human tissues, animal tissues, stocks, swabs, surgical gloves, blood-soaked bandages which can seriously infect the human being. There are different ways and precautions which are followed while disposing of each one of them. Today we will be discussing a few of the things which you should consider while disposing of sharp objects such as needles and scalpels.

Disposing of Non-Contaminated Sharps

If you wish to dispose of the non-contaminated sharps then make sure they should be free of radioactive, biohazardous, and chemical contaminations. You can choose the container which should be leakproof, puncture-resistant, and rigid. Make sure to remove the not-required labels from it and put a label of Non-contaminated sharps on it. You can keep this container at the place where generally the sharp waste gets accumulated. Make sure not to put any liquid or full syringes in it and extend the above the fill line. Once it is full you can seal it with the tape and request for the pickup at the agencies such as Daniels Health sharps disposal.

Disposing Biohazardous Sharps

To dispose of the Biohazardous sharp waste, make sure to choose the puncture-resistant and tight-fitting container which should have the label on it for Biohazard Waste or Biohazard. Make sure not to put any free liquids in this container and place it near the place where all the biohazardous sharps waste gets collected.

Disposing Chemically of Contaminated Sharps

This type of waste contains only chemically contaminated sharps which are different from infectious or radioactive contaminants. Here also you can choose the leak-proof container and label it as a chemically waste tag. You can do the labeling through a Hazardous waste tag and choose the chemical waste option with chemical sharps. You can remove any other labels pasted on the container. Make sure to keep this disposal bin at the place where the chemically contaminated sharps get accumulated on a daily basis and let it fill till the fill line.

Disposing Of Radioactive Sharps

Radioactive sharps are known as the ones contaminated with radioactive materials. Most of the time it contains infectious or chemical contaminated wastage as well. But it needs to be disposed of as radioactive sharps waste only. You can choose a rigid and leak-proof bin to dispose of these types of sharps. In the second step, you can generate the label with the help of a hazardous waste tag and select the required information such as used isotypes, additional chemical or infectious sharps collected, and method of disinfection. Make sure to deactivate the infectious agents.

Disposing Laboratory Sharps

Here comes the last sharp item in the medical waste which is known as laboratory sharp. Laboratory glassware can get you injuries easily. Hence make sure to keep it separate from another type of wastage and not to put any other items in it such as thermometers, syringes, containers with liquid, light bulbs, razor blades, batteries, etc. You can secure the sharps with a magnet if possible and make sure to store the razor blades in a petri dish. Avoid places like a bench to keep the sharp bin as it can fall and cause damage.

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