Sharps is the term used for any item with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut the skin. This includes medical items but also broken glass or plastics. Sharps can cause injury and may carry the risk of infection, so it is important that they are managed carefully and correctly.
The orange waste stream is used for waste that has been produced from the treatment of infectious patients or those suspected of having an infection, but that is not medicinally or chemically contaminated.
Orange-stream waste can be sent for disinfection by alternative treatment at a suitably authorised facility. Orange-lidded sharps units are for used, or unused, sharps that have not been used in the administration of medicines.
The yellow waste stream is used for waste that has been produced from the treatment of infectious patients or those suspected of having an infection, but that is also medicinally contaminated.
Yellow-stream waste must be sent for incineration at a suitably authorised facility. Yellow-lidded sharps units are for sharps that have been used in the administration of, or are contaminated by, medicines other than those that are cytotoxic and cytostatic.
The purple waste stream is used for any waste contaminated by hazardous cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines.
Purple-stream waste must be sent for above 1,000 degree incineration at a suitably authorised facility. Purple-lidded sharps containers are for sharps that are contaminated with hazardous cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines.
We supply our prorietary Bio Systems UN-approved containers of various sizes with colour-coded lids as well as our proprietary Bio Track system to aid with tracking to ward / department level on either a Managed or Non-managed service.
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