Standards And Location Of Regulated Waste And Sharps Containers

Policy: 
Function and Accessibility
    -   Containers are stable when placed on horizontal 
        surfaces
 
    -   Container is puncture and leak proof and is impact 
        resistant
 
    -   Container's labeling is intact.
 
    -   Container is appropriate size for use.
 
    -   Closure mechanism will not allow needlestick injury 
        and provides a secure seal
 
    -   Design resists easy reopening after sealing for final 
        disposal.
 
    -   Containers are available in sufficient quantity
 
    -   Container opening and fill status is visible to user 
        prior to placing sharps into container.
 
    -   If necessary, in high patient or visitor traffic 
        areas, container should provide for security against 
        tampering.
 
Visibility
 
    -   Color or warning label implies danger
 
    -   Overfill level provided and current fill status is 
        readily visible to the user prior to use

 
    -   Sharps disposal container complies with OSHA 
        requirements
 
    -   Disposal opening/access way is visible prior to user 
        placing sharps into container.
 
Accommodation
 
    -   No sharp edges in construction or materials.
 
    -   Safety features do not impede free access.
 
    -   Is simple to operate,easy to assemble, if required
        product available in special designs for environments 
        with specific needs
 
    -   If Mounted, system is durable, secure, safe,
        cleanable, and where appropriate, lockable.
 
 
EXAM ROOMS
A sharps container is available in each exam room where sharps are used
 
PROCEDURE ROOM
A sharps container is available
A hands free regulated waste container is available.
 
RECOVERY ROOM
A sharps container is available.
A hands free regulated waste container is available.
 
Approved By Governing Board    
MC.13
Control #309.0
GUPTA GASTRO