Sharps policy and procedure

The term sharps refers to any instrument that can puncture, cut or scrape body parts. Wisconsins sharps collection program is simple, flexible and voluntary and includes a variety of collection programs, from. Staff should refer to the clinical waste disposal policy and procedurefor guidance. Standard operating procedure for the disposal of sharp. All generators of biohazardous waste must strictly adhere to the following isu waste disposal guidelines. It is council policy that all sharps are to be handled in accordance with the procedures detailed within this policy. Similar injuries occur in other healthcare settings, such as nursing homes, clinics, emergency care. Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps injuries is a serious problem, resulting in approximately 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps related injuries to hospitalbased healthcare personnel each year. Sharps safety procedures and guidelines 1206 words. Responsibilities the trust health and safety policy sets out the responsibilities for the chief executive, directors, clinical leads, managers, employees and working groups for all health and. Hsewest midwestern regional hospitals, limerick, policy.

It is council policy that all sharps are to be ha ndled in accordance with the procedures detailed within this policy. Ensuring monitoring of the waste management policy and procedure. Sponges and sharps will be completely separated, counted audibly and concurrently viewed by two staff members, one of which must be an rn circulator andor registered cardiac. Accurately accounting for sharps during a surgical procedure is a primary responsibility of the perioperative nurse and the surgical team members. Disposal of sharp objects sharps this procedure applies to the disposal of sharp objects that are contaminated with any of the following. Glassware and sharps procedures for safe handling and disposal 3. Medication storage policy and procedure and pharmacy security policy and procedure creation might seem daunting to someone who is working on a manual for the first time. Read about 3 core elements, compliance, and reporting and find references for more information. All biologically contaminated waste that could potentially cause harm to humans, domestic or wild animals or plants. The term sharps is most commonly used t o describe hypodermic syringes. This procedure defines the requirements for all kansas state university ksu entities that generate and manage medical, biohazardous, infectious or potentially infectious waste and those generating sharps or broken glass waste in academic and research labs, veterinary health. Find our recommended practices, and read about product. Secure sharps disposal boxes in 6 locations throughout the city.

Following institutional policy, documentation of an. Sharps disposal policy and procedures sop bio002 this policy describes the disposal of sharp waste as part of the biohazardous waste program, in compliance with 105 code of massachusetts regulation 480. Sharps disposal policy and procedures sop bio002 sharps. Have clear procedures for response to sharps injury, including speedy access to appropriate prophylaxis treatments as mentioned previously, you have a responsibility to provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training and as a minimum, this must cover what procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. Policy procedure disposal of sharp sharpscontainerswaste disposal 1 objective. Minimise the risk of sharps injuries and blood borne virus exposure to wsft staff through the correct handling and disposal of sharps. This document describes the general guidelines for the safe use and disposal of sharps. Additional sharps and miscellaneous items added to the field, should be counted when added and recorded as part of the count documentation. All sharps must be segregated according to hazard class and disposed in infectious waste sharps containers. Household needles and sharps department of public health.

Initial counts of surgical soft goods should be performed and recorded for all surgical procedures. Sharps containers should be fixed at a height between 900mm and 1100mm, as per the australasian health facility guidelines standard components room layout sheets for. Protecting yourself when handling contaminated sharps. Community livingcentral huron is responsible to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its. Look for sharps that may have been left inadvertently after the procedure. Klb school sharps policy page 1 of 2 may 2017 sharps policy last update. It is the responsibility of each health care worker to ensure that they are aware of this policy and staff must take responsibility for attending such training sessions. Sharps injury safe handling and disposal of sharps policy. This standard operating procedure sop applies to the disposal of all sharps at the university of pennsylvania. Do not bend, recap, or remove contaminated needles and other sharps unless such an act is required by a specific procedure or has no feasible alternative 29 cfr 1910. Standard operating procedure sop for safe handling of sharps issued.

The term sharps refers to any instrument that can puncture, cut. How to make a policy and procedure manual for a pharmacy. Improperly discarded syringes have historically accumulated on the stretch of ivy street adjacent to 101 grove. Standard operating procedure sop sharps injury prevention and disposal iacuc approved 041912 sharps injury prevention and disposal sharps as defined by the occupational safety and health act osha is, any object that can puncture or penetrate skin. Disposal of sharp objects sharps this procedure applies to the disposal of sharp objects that are. Sharps policy staff competency is a sharp necessary for the procedure. Prevention of needle stick injuries queensland health. Visually inspect procedure trays or other surfaces including patient beds containing waste materials for exposed sharps used during a procedure before handling them. Oregon youth authority policy statement part ii youth. Medication control is delineated in oya policy iid1. It is the responsibility of all program staff to contribute to and comply with.

Sharps policy and procedure and all sitespecific protocols related to sharps. Aorns recommended practices for sponge, sharp, and. Protecting yourself when handling contaminated sharps sharps are objects that can penetrate a workers skin, such as needles, scalpels, broken glass, capillary tubes and the exposed ends of dental wires. Disposal of sharp objects in laboratories p a g e 1 revised january 31, 2018 standard operating procedure for the disposal of sharp objects in laboratories. The following safe practicewill apply when using sharps containers. Needles should not be resheathed, unless an appropriate recapping device is available. Standard operating procedure sop for safe handling of. They should be portable enough to take to the site of a procedure. Removal of sharps from public property within 24 hours. Slide clean up and dispose with care during cleanup contd. Caledon community services ccs is committed to safe disposal of all sharps and the ongoing evaluation of newly safety engineered products that will reduce staff exposure to sharps and parenteral or percutaneous exposure to a needle or other sharp.

Wisconsins sharps collection program is simple, flexible and voluntary and includes a variety of collection programs, from individual stations to large networks of stations. Learning how to safely handle sharps is important to prevent accidental needlesticks and cuts. It also applies to patients, visitors, contractors and other. February, 2012 page 2 obtaining sharps containers sharps containers can be obtained from the depot store and issued as requested. Currently, the primary legislation covering sharps safety is the 19992000 needlestick safety and prevention act. Standard operating procedure sharps injury prevention and. Safer needle devices assess the environment assess the patient equipment team work n eutral zon procedures in open wounds or body cavities resheathing of needles and separating sharps from their holder. Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps injuries is a serious problem, resulting in approximately 385,000 needlesticks and other sharpsrelated injuries to hospitalbased healthcare personnel each year. Wisconsin medical sharps collection program wisconsin dnr.

Knifesharps control policy, theyre very dependent on the specific business but im attaching a generic one you can cannabalise if you wish. Biohazardousmedical waste management and sharps procedures. Policyprocedure disposal of sharp sharpscontainers. All facility staff members must verify by signature that they have read and understood this policy. This procedure describes requirements for the safe handling and disposal of sharps waste. The control of exposure at source, eg having a clinical waste policy which ensures safe collection, storage, transport and final disposal of waste. Appendix 5 stepbystep procedure for policy implementation. To keep things simple, it is best to proceed one section at a time. Responsibilities the trust health and safety policy sets out the responsibilities for the chief executive, directors, clinical leads, managers, employees and. For the purpose of this policy sharps includes, syringes, needles, scalpels, razor blades, broken glass or any other sharp implement with the potential to cause a penetrating injury if not handled in a safe manner.

Managers and supervisors have a responsibility for informing staff and students on these procedures. July 2014 1 guidelines for the safe handling of sharps background while the use of iological safety abinets ss, a no mouthpipettingpolicy, availability of safety engineered sharps, along with more general awareness and better training have generally reduced the number of all lais reported in the literature. Sharps are medical devices like needles, scalpels, and other tools that cut or go into the skin. The regulation states that any business that uses sharps must place. North west care ltd will choose a credible supplier who can provide suitable sharps containers that conform to bs 7320. The occupational safety and health administration oshas bloodborne pathogens standard outlines what employers must do to protect. Sharps include both infectious waste used sharps and sharps that pose a safety hazard to custodians and other personnel. Scope this procedure applies to all clinical staff, whether in a direct or indirect patient care role.

Sharps handling policy sharps handling policy adopted. Safe use and disposal of sharps procedure ipc manual. Needlessyringes broken glass with blood or other bodily fluids on it broken or sharp hard plastic with blood or. Policies and legislation community sharps management. If blood or other potentially infectious materials opim, as defined in the osha bloodborne. The dnr has a new online registration form for sharps collection stations. A further goal of this policy and procedure is to achieve compliance with relevant legislation.

Sharps are defined as items which can pierce or cut skin and have been contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids. Purchase a commercially available sharps container from a pharmacy or other source, or use a strong plastic or metal container with a screwon or tightly secured lid to prevent accidental contact with the waste containers like empty bleach bottles, liquid detergent bottles and heavy plastic jugs are strong enough to prevent the sharps from poking through the container and have lids that can. Policy for the control of sharp and metal implements ifsqn. Council reserves right to vary or revoke this policy at any time. All needles, sharps and body fluids will be treated as being potentially contaminated and the procedures documented in this document will be followed thoroughly. Find out how to manage the risk of injury or exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material. Puncture proof commercial sharps containers intended for the disposal of broken glass, syringe needles, scalpels, etc. Apr 16, 2008 visually inspect procedure trays or other surfaces including patient beds containing waste materials for exposed sharps used during a procedure before handling them. Passive device, where the safety feature is deployed automatically. Dirty utility 10m2, patient bay recovery, stage 1, and patient bay resuscitation. Do immediately place used needles and other sharps in a sharps disposal container to reduce the risk of needle sticks, cuts or punctures from loose sharps. General guidelines for handling syringes and other sharps.

The city of seattle sharps program provides safe disposal of sharps syringes, needles, and lancets with the following services. The hses policies and procedures with regard to the prevention of sharps injuries and. This landmark legislation updated the office of safety and health administration osha guidelines, compelling employers to use work practice controls and safer needle devices that are engineered to eliminate or minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Hse policy for the prevention of sharps injuries page 5 1. The aim of this policy is to provide guidance for the safe use and disposal of sharps and reduce the risk of contamination injury. If you use sharps during the course of your work, there are some basic procedures for safe handling. Jan 12, 2015 knife sharps control policy, theyre very dependent on the specific business but im attaching a generic one you can cannabalise if you wish. Sharps safety procedures and guidelines kelli bauman baker university school of nursing nu332. To ensure that the wsft complies with the health and safety sharp instruments in healthcare regulations 20. Fortunately, the process is fairly straightforward. Before you use a sharp object, such as a needle or scalpel, make sure you have all the items you need close by. Its brc approved there are other methods i have seen on here f. The san francisco department of public health is committed to employee and public safety concerns that improperly discarded syringes pose. Control of substances hazardous to health regulations coshh 2002.

Part 4, division 3, clause 27 of the public health regulation 2012 states that a person who uses a needle or a nonreusable sharp in a skin penetration procedure must dispose of the needle or sharp in the appropriate sharps container immediately after completing the procedure. After hours follow the above procedure, if needing assistance call the uwa emergency. Policyprocedure disposal of sharp sharpscontainerswaste disposal 1 objective. Federal, state and local laws regulate proper disposal of sharps.

For example, procedures that have a higher risk of injury include. Jan 31, 2018 disposal of sharp objects in laboratories p a g e 1 revised january 31, 2018 standard operating procedure for the disposal of sharp objects in laboratories. Despite legislation, regulation and steppedup oversight and education campaigns by public and private sectors, needlesticks and other sharpsrelated injuries persist, although with variance in the rates depending on the healthcare setting. This procedure outlines methods for safe handling and disposal of all discarded syringes, needles, or sharps used by the animal care and research staff in the care and use of animals.

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