Any contaminated object that can penetrate the skin including but not limited to needles, scalpels, broken glass, broken capillary tubes, and exposed ends of dental wires.
OSHA’s Blood-borne Pathogens Standard makes it clear that sharps include anything that can pierce a worker’s skin. This includes needles (including diabetic needles), unused sharps, diabetic sharps, scalpels, broken glass, or capillary tubes. This definition includes Petri dishes, lab slides and other glass items. Certain types of hard plastic can also puncture the skin and if it’s been contaminated with hazardous materials it is considered a sharp.
Sharp disposal should be taken seriously for all of the above items. Our sharp disposal services are 100% compliant.