Disposal Services

Proper sharps disposal services are crucial to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and protect public health. Superior Medical Waste Disposal specializes in the safe and compliant handling of sharps waste. Is your facility looking for medical sharps disposal companies? Contact us for a sharps removal quote today.

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What Are Sharps, And Why Are Sharps Pick Up Services Important?

“Sharps” include needles, as well as items such as scalpels, lancets, razor blades, scissors, metal wire, retractors, clamps, pins, staples, cutters, and glass items. Essentially, any object that is able to cut the skin can be considered a “sharp.” Used and unused sharps (syringes) are considered a Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) that requires medical sharps disposal services. They are a solid waste that may be contaminated by blood or other potentially infectious materials. The best agencies to follow when considering safe sharps removal are OSHA, EPA, and the EGLE.

The red biohazard bags and containers seen throughout healthcare facilities are used to store Regulated Medical Waste safely. Sharps are stored in puncture-resistant containers prior to being placed inside the red biohazard bin for added protection. The RMW is removed on a scheduled basis and replaced with a clean container at every service. Our team is here to provide you with regular sharps pick up services.

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Facilities producing used sharps often produce other medical wastes

  • Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals, including laboratory waste, biological production wastes, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, culture dishes, and related devices.
  • Liquid human and animal waste, including blood and blood products and body fluids, but not including urine or materials stained with blood or body fluids.
  • Pathological waste.
  • Contaminated wastes from animals that have been exposed to agents infectious to humans, these being primarily research animals.

Sharps Best Practices

Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a health risk to the public and waste workers. For example, discarded needles may expose healthcare workers to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open or when needles are mistakenly placed into the wrong container. Discarded sharps should always be placed in a rigid container prior to being placed in a medical waste bin for the sharps collector.

Having a contract with a medical waste disposal service is a good way to protect yourself and your staff. These containers should be removed by a qualified sharps collector on a regular basis to help prevent unwanted needle stick injuries that can take place by over-storing sharps/syringes.

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Treatment & Disposal of Sharps Containers

As a leading sharps container disposal service, our team follows a strict protocol. Treating sharps waste typically involves an autoclave. Although it can also be incinerated, microwaved, and chemically treated. The autoclave steam heats sharps containers at extreme temperatures for a long enough time to completely disinfect all potential biological threats. After the sharps are disinfected, the waste is shredded until it is unrecognizable. At this point, the waste is no longer a health hazard and is disposed of in a sanitary landfill. Learn more about our process.

Superior Can Help With All Sharps Removal Concerns

We know more than anyone how complicated Sharps disposal can be. At Superior, we are professionals in sharps disposal services. We are up-to-date on all federal and local RMW laws. If your facility needs help classifying, storing, transporting, or staying compliant, contact our needle disposal company today for a free consultation.

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