Q&A: Can an activated safety needle device be considered its own container, eliminating the need to use a sharps disposal container?

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 3, 2009

No. OSHA does not consider an activated safety device as a waste container because it is a temporary measure. "Self-sheathing needle products and other SESIPs, even after activation, must be disposed of in a sharps container which conforms to the requirements of paragraph (d)(4)(iii)(A)(1)," according to Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.

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