How to Maintain Sharps Compliance
Sharps are used in a variety of settings for many different uses. They should be handled properly to prevent injury and the spread of disease. Appropriate management of your sharps keeps you within legal compliance and protects anyone that may come in contact with used needles.
Needlestick injuries are a risk wherever sharps are used. That includes healthcare facilities, but also businesses, office buildings, restaurants, hotels, airports, and more. Individuals treating conditions like diabetes require injections throughout the day. By providing safe sharps disposal for your employees and customers, you avoid improper disposal and accidents that may occur as a result.
Creating a safe environment for your workplace protects your brand and keeps the community healthy. Medical Waste Pros offers convenient and safe solutions to collect and dispose of used sharps for your business.
How to Maintain Compliance
Sharps disposal containers can be provided in restrooms or other designated areas for both customers and employees. Sharps collection stations may need to be registered with your state or local authorities, depending on your area’s legal requirements.
OHSA training for employees can prevent mishandling. Any employee that may come in contact with used sharps should complete bloodborne pathogens training. Educating your staff minimizes risk and implements high safety standards for your company.
Providing detailed instructions for sharps disposal will help ensure that any needles used in your business are handled properly. FDA-approved, clearly-labelled disposal containers should be accessible, but out of the reach of children and pets. When containers are three-quarters of the way full, they need to be removed and disposed of according to your community’s guidelines.
Any problems with sharps and disposal containers should be reported.
Managing Sharps Disposal
When you provide sharps disposal at your business, you will need a reliable medical waste management provider. Our providers offer compliant and environmentally-friendly disposal options. We have drop off and mailback services to meet the needs of small businesses and low-volume waste generators. Our services are affordable and safe.
Drop off Service
Drop off services are available at collection sites in your area. Once you have found a location, you can drop off your sharps containers at any time during business hours. Drop off services are ideal for small businesses and homes, offering affordable and compliant medical waste disposal at your convenience.
Sharps mailback programs provide you with materials to safely send in your sharps containers for disposal. Mailback kits are available in a variety of sizes with everything you will need. Mailback services are compliant with the FDA, DOT, and USPS. It is a cost-effective and easy-to-use alternative to pick up or drop off services.
Pick up Service
Pick up services are best for larger waste generators. Your provider will give you instructions on how to prepare your containers and schedule pick up.
Tracking is typically available for pick up and mailback services. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) places responsibility for properly packaging medical waste on the generator, so appropriate training and handling should be a priority for your business.
Find Sharps Disposal Services Near You
Improper sharps disposal is dangerous and can result in fines and criminal penalties. Safe disposal options are affordable and easy to find with Medical Waste Pros. Give us a call at (888) 755-6370 or fill out the form to learn more. We will instantly connect you with local providers and send you free quotes on sharps disposal services.