Sharps and syringe bodies
The University has specific waste disposal arrangements for all sharps (eg scalpel blades, razor blades, or syringe needles) and all syringe bodies. To avoid the risk of injury, syringes and needles must be disposed of as a single unit: needles must not be removed from syringe bodies and they must not be resheathed.
All sharps and syringe bodies must be disposed of in sharps bins. They must not be disposed of by other means (eg in black bag waste, Dispo jars, other containers, or glass waste) even if they are unused.
In the case of contaminated sharps there are different disposal routes according to the nature of the contamination:
• if you will be generating sharps and/or syringe bodies contaminated with biological/clinical material, then you must follow the provisions of University Policy on the Disposal of Biological/Clinical Waste S8/08. This is a restricted document and is not available on the web, but your departmental, biological, area or divisional safety officer should have a copy.
1. all sharp items must be placed in a sharps container for disposal. Sharps and sharps containers must never be disposed of in plastic sacks
2. particular care should be taken to ensure that sharps containers are properly assembled before being sent for disposal, to avoid spillage of the contents
3. where feasible, sharps bins that may contain infectious or genetically-modified micro-organisms should be autoclaved prior to disposal
4. all sharps bins used for non-infectious biological/clinical material must have orange lids
5. all sharps bins used for infectious biological/clinical material must have yellow lids
6. sharps bins with purple lids may not be used unless the sharps are contaminated with cytotoxic material
• if you will be generating sharps and/or syringe bodies contaminated with radioactive material then you must contact the University Radiation Protection Officer in advance, in order to agree suitable disposal arrangements for the sharps bins
• if you will be generating sharps and/or syringe bodies contaminated with chemicals then you must contact your Divisional/Area Safety Officer or the Safety Office’s Hazardous Waste Technical Officer in advance, in order to agree suitable disposal arrangements for the sharps bins
• if you will be generating sharps and/or syringe bodies that contain more than one of the above hazards (radioactive, biological/clinical, chemical) you must contact the Safety Office before starting work