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Selecting, evaluating, and using sharps disposal containers.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1998 Jan; :1-30
NIOSHTIC No.
00241064
Abstract
A framework was presented for the selection of disposable and reusable sharps disposal containers and for evaluation of their efficacy as part of a needlestick injury (NSI) prevention plan. The number of NSIs in the health care environment can be reduced by the correct and consistent use of rigid sharps disposal containers. Disposal containers must be functional during their entire usage, accessible to workers who use sharps, visible to the workers who use them, and accommodate both the user and the facility. Existing OSHA requirements and NIOSH recommendation for sharps disposal containers were outlined. The OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard was reviewed, and information was provided on reprocessing reusable sharps disposal containers. NIOSH has recommended that containers be selected based on a site specific hazard analysis. Recommended strategies for selecting and using sharps disposal containers were discussed. A decision logic was presented which outlined appropriate criteria and priorities for container selection. A performance evaluation questionnaire was also included.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Needlestick-injuries; Laboratory-workers; Accident-prevention; Safety-equipment; Infection-control; Occupational-hazards
Publication Date
19980101
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-137706
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 97-111
NIOSH Division
OECSP
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
GA
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