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.