Volunteer Training Module
Open Door Clinic
Safe Disposal of Sharps
The Sharps Container
• Syringes, needles, and other contaminated sharps
should be immediately placed in a sharps
• Medical waste that might cut or puncture the skin
should be separated from paper and other waste
and placed inside the disposal box.
• These boxes should be used only once.
To prevent needlesticks during transport or
storage, needle-disposal boxes should be:
• puncture proof and
• labeled with a warning
that can be understood
by local people, and
• sealed so they remain
closed when stacked.
Transporting Contaminated Waste
• Containers should be collected for incineration or
other forms of destruction as soon as possible.
• Contaminated needles should not be transferred
from container to container.
• If containers are transported in a vehicle and the
containers leak, the vehicle should be before being
used for other purposes.
• Do not allow people to sit on top of needle-disposal
containers during transport.
Clean-up at an Outreach Site
Before leaving the immunization outreach
site, health workers should:
• Remove all empty or discarded vials from the
immunization work site.
• Remove all syringes or needles at the immunization
• Make sure all single-use injection equipment is
disposed of in sealed, needle-disposal boxes.
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If open burning must be done,
• fence off and clear the area in which open burning takes
• warn people to stay away and avoid smoke and fumes from
• carry the waste to the site just before burning;
• burn the waste in small, designated areas;
• prevent animals or people from accessing the site;
• make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the site;
• prevent waste from scattering and littering the surrounding
Quick Check Summary
How should you
dispose of sharps?
How should contaminated
waste be transported?
What are some methods
of syringe destruction?