Sharps are objects or devices that have been used in patient care (both human and animal). They can be glass, metal, or plastic and they can come with rigid corners, sharp edges, or protruding pieces that can slice, scrape or pierce the skin. Sharps may include (but are not limited to):
• Acupuncture needles
• Blood vials
• Broken glass or capillary tubes
• Culture dishes and slides
• Exposed ends of dental wires
• Needles, hypodermic and tubing
• Root canal files
• Scalpel blades
• Suture needles
• Syringes with and without needles
• Trauma scene waste that can cut, slice or pierce
• Tubing with needles
Here at Island Environmental Hygiene we take sharps disposal very seriously. We understand the complexities involved in the management of sharps waste segregation and its disposal. In order to assist with this we are able to provide a range of UN-approved containers in a variety of sizes, along with colour coded lids.
We work with customers to ensure that they are up to date with all changes in legislation with regard to the disposal of sharps and can help with site audits and training with regard to waste awareness. We can provide advice on the appropriate containment, handling, disposal and transportation of sharps waste. This support helps ensure that our customers' clinical staff meet Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 07-01 standards.
Please see here for more information on Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 07-01 standards.
Island Environmental Hygiene tailor collections to suit your individual business needs. We are able to set up fixed collections or we are happy to arrange pick-ups as and when your business requires them.