Hypodermic Needles or "Sharps"
Hypodermic needles are often referred to as "sharps". They are
generated in laboratories which use hypodermics, syringes,
blades or knives during various research
procedures. Hypodermic needles might also be used by individuals
who need them to inject
medications for medical conditions such as diabetes or multiple
Sharps can cause serious puncture wounds to workers who handle the
trash. They can also potentially expose individuals to viruses when
skin is punctured by sharp objects contaminated
with infected blood or body fluids.
Disposal at UVM
Needles and sharps of any kind should be collected in
rigid, leak proof, puncture-resistant container that can be secured to
prevent spilling of contents. The Environmental Safety
sells a one-quart, 1/2 gallon and two-gallon size sharps
containers for needle
collection. Call ES at 656-5400 to order a collection
container. Students can obtain a free sharps disposal box
through the Student Health/Medical Clinic. Call the Clinic at
656-3350, or visit UHC at 425 Pearl Street and talk with a health care provider for details.
Sharps containers are locked in the closed position and placed into
Biowaste boxes for safe disposal. A contracted vendor, Stericycle,
Inc., provides incineration and disposal services
for this and similar biomedical waste materials from UVM facilities.
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