3.8 Sharps Management Chart

The University of Iowa, Environmental Health & Safety

All Sharps must be segregated from other waste. Sharps include contaminated or uncontaminated broken glassware, needles, syringes, scalpel blades, microtome blades, Pasteur pipettes, and razor blades. Special containers such as the Winfield Sharps-tainers must be used, in accordance with the type of contamination and needs of the area. 

Management of Sharps Contaminated by a Single Hazard Group

Type of Contamination

Required Container

Required Labeling

Location

Removal by

Uncontaminated

 

 

 

 

Uncontaminated sharps (broken glass or other)

Winfield Sharps-tainer or other red sharps container. Handle as biohazardous waste.

Biohazard symbol and the word biohazard

Seal and place into red plastic biotub in designated building location.

Custodians

Biohazardous only

 

 

 

 

Infectious agents/materials, blood, blood products and tissues, recombinant DNA

Winfield Sharps-tainer or other red sharps container

Biohazard symbol

Seal and place into red plastic biotub in designated building location.

Custodians

Radioactive only

 

 

 

 

<90 day half life

Winfield Sharps-tainer or other red sharps container

Radioactive
<90 day half life

With other Rad Waste

EHS

>90 day half life

Winfield Sharps-tainer or other red sharps container

Radioactive
>90 day half life

With other Rad Waste

EHS

Chemical Hazard only

 

 

 

 

Chemical (EPA hazardous waste) sharps, except chemotherapy waste

Winfield Sharps-tainers

Hazardous Waste labels

With other Chemical Waste

EHS

Chemical (Non-EPA hazardous), except chemotherapy waste

Winfield Sharps-tainer or other red sharps container

Biohazard symbol

Wherever convenient; seal when full and place next to regular trash

Custodians

Chemotherapy Waste

Observe UIHC policy

Observe UIHC policy

Observe UIHC policy

UIHC

Management of Sharps that have Mixed Hazards

Types of Contamination

Management Methods

Radioactive and Biohazardous

Disinfect with biocide, e.g., bleach, to remove biohazard, then dispose of as radioactive sharps.

Chemical (EPA hazardous waste) and Biohazardous

Disinfect with biocide to remove biohazard, then dispose of as chemical sharps.

Chemical (Non-EPA hazardous) and biohazardous

Dispose of as biohazardous.

Chemical and Radioactive

Package separately in sharps container suitable for long term storage. Label with radioactive waste label and include chemical waste information on back of label. Place package with radioactive waste for removal by EHS.

Chemical, Radioactive and Biohazardous

Disinfect with biocide. See options above for sharps with chemical and radioactive hazards.