Improper disposal of sharps can lead to health risks and fear in any exposed individual. A sharp may be defined as any device or item having corners, edges, or projections capable of cutting/piercing the skin. Examples from laboratories include:
- Pasteur pipettes
- Small pipette tips
- Scalpel blades
- Razor blades
- Any glass/plastic wear contaminated with biohazards that has not been decontaminated
All sharps should be disposed of in non-breakable, leak proof, impervious, rigid, tightly lidded, puncture resistant containers that are red in color and marked with the biohazard symbol.