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How to use a Sharps Box

Sharps boxes are used to ensure that people are not put at risk from sharp objects such as needles, syringes and scapels. This is a quick guide on why and how you should use a sharps box.



  • Ensure that you use a proper rigid sharps box which are available from stores.
  • Ensure that you fasten the lid firmly onto the body before starting use.
  • IF for CHEMICAL SHARPS: Deface the biological sharps label and write 'Chemically Contaminated Sharps ONLY' on it.
  • Put metal sharps into the sharps bin immediately after using them and do not try to take them out again.
  • Only fill the bin up to where it says "Do not fill above this line"
  • While your sharps bin is use, ensure it is kept in a safe place so it is not a risk to other people.
  • Ensure that you close the lid flap fully when bin is full. It should make a clicking noise.
  • Take the sharps bin to the Chemical Waste Store or;
  • Dispose of in the yellow Biological Waste bin at the back of PoM. Fiona Morgan ( has the key for this. (BIOLOGICAL WASTE ONLY!)


  • Throw sharps in the domestic waste bin. There is a severe risk it could injure someone.
  • Leave open sharps on shelves or in drawers.
  • Throw sharps in the Glass Waste bins.
  • Put biologically contaminated sharps in the chemical sharps bin.