What is medical sharps waste?

 Sharps waste is any medical materials that can pierce through the skin, such as syringes, needles, lancets, and even broken glass. They are considered one of the most dangerous medical waste, as they can easily spread infections such as HIV, hepatitis, and others. As such, proper handling and disposal is strictly enforced in medical institutions.

How to dispose of medical sharps waste?

Imagine anyone stepping on a used syringe? There is a possibility of the said syringe carrying an infection. Here are several ways of proper handling of medical sharps:

  • Ask for your drug products manufacturer, medical provider, or pharmacist on where and how to get FDA-cleared sharps disposal container
  • If an FDA-cleared container is not available, check organizations and community guidelines. Some recommend using a heavy-duty plastic household container as an alternative.
  • Find a drop-off location
  • Check for mail-back programs or free sharps containers available at your drug manufacturer or city


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