Safe Disposal of Needles, and Lancet's.....

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-10-05 09:04:25 -0500
Started 2010-10-02 15:18:04 -0500

I have been a diabetic for a number of years ! We dispose of these object's at
any hospital. They have a Hazardus disposal contract, with most disposal contractor's. We stor the item's in old heavy plastic container's, such as clorine fabric, soap container's. Once in the heavy duty plastic safley hold's against unwanted prick's. If posible replace the plastic shield back on the needle, and place in the heavy duty plastic container. We also place old insulin booles in these container's too. Steve/ Philly

6 replies

realsis77 2010-10-03 13:54:57 -0500 Report

I called my health department and they have given me a place to get.a free sharps container and they dispose of it too. They replace the sharps as long as the funding lasts for the program. Its really nice i hope funding continues!

peace13 2010-10-03 13:43:55 -0500 Report

my school supplied me with a biohazzard box for my needles and once its full i return it to the school nurse

Dev 2010-10-02 16:54:56 -0500 Report

Wow, I did not know we were supposed to dispose off Lancet's as hazardus material. My husband just puts the plastic thing on and throws in the regular trash. even strips?
What do other people do?

kdroberts 2010-10-05 09:04:25 -0500 Report

Home generated waste like this is governed very differently to healthcare generated waste (like a hospital). Test strips are a biohazard for a hospital but considered household trash in (I think) every state. I also don't think that many states mandates you using a sharps container or similar for household generated sharps like needles and lancets. Some have guidelines about best practices but some have no regulations on the books at all.

GabbyPA 2010-10-03 08:18:27 -0500 Report

There is a debate among some as to whether you must put your test strips in the sharps container because of it being "bio hazardous" I am of the opinion that "sharp" things like needles go in the sharps containers (or your home made ones) Test strips can just go into the trash. You can put them in the sharps if you want, but it is not necessary for them to be there. If it were, then things like used band aids and gauze or cotton balls used to treat a cut or something would have to go as well.

It all boils down to being responsible for other's safety in your trash.

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