Evaluate Safer Sharps

Evaluate Safer Sharps

scalpelWhen was the last time the use of safer sharps was evaluated at your facility? The use of sharps should be reviewed on a regular basis, from razor blades used to open boxes in the shipping and receiving area to sharps being utilized with hazardous materials.

Razor blade use should be discouraged as much as possible, substituting box cutting devices and self-sheathing scalpels whenever possible. Even when hazardous material is not in use, the risk of injury should be reduced as much as possible. A thorough evaluation should be conducted with individuals that are using human source material with sharps, and the use of sharps with engineered sharps injury protections must be fully promoted.

If you find razor blades lying on benches or tabletops while walking around your facility, be sure to take the time to find out what they are being used for. At least annually, and ideally more frequently, take the time to fully evaluate the use of sharps and implement safer sharps options.

About the Author:

As Director of Quality Research and Training, Sarah Mueller ensures the consistency and quality of Safety Partners’ work by overseeing all aspects of knowledge management and best practices for its programs and trainings. Sarah regularly conducts research into emerging and changing regulations, and trains both clients and Safety Partners’ staff on regulations and safety standards. Sarah also oversees Safety Partners’ recruiting effort – ensuring only the best and the brightest are hired to develop, implement, and manage top-notch workplace safety programs and services.
Known for her great instincts with regard to radiation, chemical, and biological safety programs, Sarah also has been integral to the development of Safety Partners’ suite of web-based trainings and professional development courses. Prior to becoming Director of QRT, Sarah provided efficient and effective EHS services to Safety Partners clients as a Senior Consulting Safety Officer.
Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2004, Sarah was a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Department of Environment Protection, Air Compliance and Enforcement, where she was responsible for the case management of assigned facilities to ensure compliance with air pollution regulations, as well as investigating citizen complaints and training new hires. Prior to the DEP, Sarah worked in a toxicology lab at Mobil Oil Corporation. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lehigh University.

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