SHARPS WASTE DISPOSAL
Sharps is a term, in the medical industry, that describes objects with sharp edges or points that can easily cut or puncture the skin. Injuries from sharps waste pose a WHS risk to healthcare workers and patients – not to mention the financial implications for those hospitals and health centres for incorrect disposal.
Ace Waste deals in the handling and disposal of:
- General healthcare sharps
- Non-contaminated Sharps
- Biohazardous Contaminated sharps
- Chemically Contaminated sharps
- Radioactive sharps
Having a professional sharps waste disposal management plan is essential for any organisation that deals with sharps. Our sharps waste management it as is a trusted waste disposal solution, having been used by QLD Health to assist in their vaccination efforts.
Read below for more information on how Ace Waste can help you with Sharps Waste disposal.
When dealing with sharps waste, and sharps waste disposal, there are strict processes and procedures that must be followed. These are in line with Australian Standards in order to preserve the health and safety of all involved.
The Ace Waste Protect+ sharps waste collection of containers have been clinically designed to reduce sharps injuries, especially for healthcare organisations. This is why Ace Waste’s sharps waste containers have been chosen to assist QLD health in their vaccination efforts.
Ace Sharps has a huge range of clinical sharps containers, All of our sharps containers are designed to minimise sharps risks. Read more about our safe medical sharps disposal services.
Sharps waste (overview)
Sharps waste comprises used “sharps” materials, including any device or object used to puncture or lacerate the skin. Therefore, this type of waste resides in the category of biomedical waste and demands careful handling.
Common materials and equipment deemed and treated as sharps waste include
- Disposable scalpels
- Disposal blades
- Hypodermic needles
- Contaminated glass
- Certain types of plastic.
Non-contaminated sharps are sharps free of; biohazardous, chemical or radioactive contamination. They are also known to be without any residue of these materials, having never been kept in proximity to any biohazardous, chemical or radioactive elements.
This categorisation of sharps might relate to unused “sharps” waste and items with sharp edges/items. They are made up of materials that can easily puncture or lacerate skin but are not typically manufactured for this primary purpose, e.g. glass shards, scissors, sharp plastic materials etc.
Biohazardous Contaminated sharps
These are sharps that have come into contact with biohazardous materials, no matter how small the trace amount. The sharps may have been used by healthcare professionals/providers, medical research facilities, veterinarians and other organisations and in other applications.
They typically include:
- Surgical blades
- Other surgical and healthcare sharps waste, instruments and apparatuses.
Chemically Contaminated sharps
Chemically contaminated sharps are those which contain or have come into contact with hazardous chemicals (but not those contaminants which are also radioactive). To be “sharps” they will be capable of cutting/piercing or otherwise puncturing/lacerating.
Most commonly these are:
- Razor blades
- Microscope slides
These are sharps materials contaminated by radioactivity, ie. devices or objects with sharp corners, edges, or projections capable of cutting or piercing skin that have been exposed to radioactive treatments and/or substances.
Radioactive sharps may also be contaminated with chemical or biochemical elements but must be first handled as per the official and applicable procedure for radioactive waste.
Ace Waste provides the leading solutions for your Sharps waste disposal needs
Learn more about our process and points of difference.
Complete destruction of pathogens
Ace Waste guarantees that all microorganisms and pathogens, present in your Sharps Waste, will be completely destroyed by our high tech incineration process. Your regulatory compliance is assured and you make a wise decision for the environment.
Sharps Waste audit & MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Getting the classification of sharps waste correct can save you a lot of money in avoiding hefty penalties that come with infringements. Contact us to help correctly identify what counts for sharps waste disposal. As well as opportunities to change practice and improve the quality of waste management outcomes; i.e. reduce costs, achieve compliance and enhance sustainability.
Specialised containers to Australian Standards
Ace Waste offers a comprehensive sharps waste service and solution for your peace-of-mind. Our sharps containers are available in varied sizes and shapes suitable for all applications, all meeting Australian Standards.
Backed by industry partnership
Ace Waste has entered into a partnership with QLD health, and ASP Healthcare to provide our valued clients with a more environmentally friendly, secure and smarter approach to Sharps Waste Management
Single-use and disposable containers
Ace Waste provides a wide range of options to suit all requirements in both single-use and disposable sharps containers.
Using our patented Ace Waste Live ™ Tracking System, you can track the transfer and disposal process of your waste in real-time. Know where and how your waste is being disposed of to give you more control over your business systems and reporting. It’s a far superior way of managing your waste.
Industries we work with for Clinical Waste Disposal
Doctor and GP Practices
Other medical service providers
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have some queries? See if we can help answer some of them.
Can I bring sharps waste to your facility for disposal?
Ace Waste currently provides a full sharps waste collection and disposal service for our clients. If you would like to discuss options regarding the disposal of waste please contact our team at your nearest facility to discuss.
Please see our Contact Us page for more details.
Can I dispose of Sharps Containers purchased elsewhere?
Yes, all sharps containers can be collected and disposed of by Ace Waste. Sharps containers can also be placed into Ace Waste supplied Clinical Waste bin to ensure the safe collection, transport and disposal of the waste.
Ace Waste can also supply new containers at the time of service. Please see our list of available Products.
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