Policy Statement

This policy describes the procedures to ensure the safe use and disposal of the medical instruments known as “sharps” in line with legislative requirements and best practice guidance.

Adherence to strict guidelines on infection control is of paramount importance in ensuring the safety of service users and staff.

“Sharps” refers typically to medical equipment such as syringe needles and blood test lancets that have the potential to cause injuries and illness following accidents.

Sharps safety and the disposal of sharps waste is covered by a number of legal requirements, including specific regulations on the use and disposal of sharps, regulations on the control and disposal of hazardous waste and general health and safety at work laws.

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