Sharps Safety Reminder for Working in DAR

Each year EHSO conducts inspections of the Animal Facilities on campus. While conducting inspections within DAR, we observed recapped needles within the sharps containers. We also observed syringes inside of the regular trash cans. EHSO requires lab personnel to properly dispose of sharps in the laboratory and also within the animal facility. The purpose of this practice is to reduce the likelihood of work-related accidents/illnesses. Sharps containers are available in each room within the animal facility. Examples of the types of sharps that should be place into the sharps container include:

  • Razors
  • Scalpels
  • Microhematocrit Tubes
  •  Syringes (with and without needles)

Keep yourself safe and mindful of the safety of others.  All Sharps MUST be disposed of in an approved sharps container – Not a Trashcan!

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