This procedure applies to the disposal of all sharps at the University of Pennsylvania. Sharps include both infectious waste used sharps and sharps that pose a safety hazard to custodians and other personnel. All sharps must be segregated according to hazard class and disposed in infectious waste sharps containers.
View /Download PDF version of the Sharps Disposal Poster (11" x 17")
Refer questions about the disposal of sharps to EHRS at 215-898-4453 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the proper disposal of noninfectious glassware see the Laboratory Glassware/ Plasticware Disposal Policy.
A new program is available for the disposal of biohazardous sharps waste: Curtis Bay Reuseable Sharps Container Program. This program is being rolled out to schools across campus with the goals:
More information about the program can be found on the Penn Purchasing Website: http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/purchasing/component/content/article/6-default-news/401-reusable-sharps-container-program-updated.html
To consider opting-in to the program, you can speak to the account representative: http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/purchasing/component/content/article/10-supplier-database/203-404350.html
This program is not yet available to all research buildings on campus. If you have questions about whether it is available in your building, or when it will be available, please contact the EHRS office.