DOs and DON'Ts of Proper Needle Disposal at Work, School & Home

When you think of, and when we talk about proper needle disposal practices, the general discussion turns to medical offices, healthcare facilities, and hospitals. But we should be thinking and talking much beyond that — to anywhere needles are used for any reason. Home, and work, and school too. Curtis Bay is the needle disposal company you need.

Where school nurses might be tasked with administering diabetes medications, or when injections have become a part of your daily routine, it’s important to know how to properly handle and dispose of all needles, to prevent injury.

Prevent needlestick injuries. Ensure proper needle disposal.

DO immediately place used needles and other sharps in an FDA-approved sharps disposal container. (If, by some circumstance, an FDA-approved sharps container is not available, some guidelines recommend using a heavy-duty plastic household container with a lid or a cap as an alternative.

DON’T dispose of needles or other sharps in the trash.

DO carry a portable sharps disposal container for when you travel.

DON’T flush needles down the toilet.

DO keep all needles and other sharps and sharps disposal containers out of reach of children and pets.

DON’T ever, ever, ever try to bend, break, or recap any needles used by another person. This could lead to an accidental, but potentially very serious needle stick injury.

DO reach out to your local trash or public health department to discuss where to obtain an FDA-approved sharps disposal container, and how to ensure proper needle disposal.

DON’T dispose of needles in your recycling bin. Needles should never be recycled.

DO always remember to follow these guidelines, and remember, if you have any questions about the right and wrong ways to dispose of used or otherwise contaminated needles:

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