Q&A: Sharps containers in exam rooms

OSHA Healthcare Connection, February 15, 2011

Q: Do sharps disposal containers have to be in each individual exam room or can we have one at the nurses’ station?

A: The standard calls for sharps disposal containers to be easily accessible and placed as close as feasible to the area of use, which makes one centrally located container at a nurses’ station difficult to justify for compliance reasons.

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