A well known risk

A well known risk

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.

Sharps that haven't been contaminated with medicinal products

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.

Sharps that have been contaminated with a medicinal product

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.

Sharps contaminated with hazardous medicine

The purple waste stream is used for any waste contaminated by hazardous cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines (e.g. chemotherapy drugs, birth control, chloramphenicol).

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.

For smaller independent businesses, we offer a single use sharps container solution

We supply UN-approved containers of various sizes with colour-coded lids, For customers seeking a proactive approach, we provide a scheduled service for regular collections. Where volumes are low, an on-call service is available for less frequent collections.

For hospitals, laboratories and high volume premises we also offer the option of reusable sharps containers

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.

Compliant sharps management

We manage the sharps disposal from clinical environments, laboratories, training centres, independent businesses and health and well being facilities.

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