Q&A: Used sharps under lock and key

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 5, 2011

Q: In our medical practice, when sharps containers are full, they are taken to a storeroom to be picked up and removed on a weekly basis. Is there a regulation that states whether this room must be locked?

A: There is no federal OSHA regulation requiring a lock on the door to the regulated medical waste storage area, only that you post signs to warn those who are about to enter. There may be other reasons to provide security, however.

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