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Medical Waste

Medical waste at Kansas State University consists of many materials that are utilized in the process of research and education. These materials include vials, ampoules, gloves,gauze, bloody bandages and towels, and sharps. Material classified as sharps are needles, syringes, razor blades, scalpel blades,and other broken or sharp materials that are contaminated, including pasteur pipets.

  • Sharps include needles, syringes, razor blades, scalpel blades, and similar sharp items contaminated with infectious or biohazardous materials or agents.  Collect sharps in suitable sharps containers. Departments are responsible for purchasing appropriate sharps containers. Label the container with the word “Sharps” and the words “Biohazard” or “Medical Waste”. The containers must be:
    • rigid sided,
    • puncture resistant,
    • closable with a tight fitting lid that prevents sharps from coming out, and
    • leak proof 
    • bare the biohazard symbol
  • Do not overfill sharps containers. Before requesting pickup of your sharps containers from Environmental Health & Safety,make sure the lid fits on the container securely, or tape the top of the container so no items fall out. 

  • Do not place sharps in biohazard bags. Biohazard bags are for solid waste such as gauze, gloves, and bandages. Anything which could puncture the container must be placed in a sharps container. Use this form to request additional biohazard bags.

  • Carcasses and animal parts may be discarded via the medical waste program. This waste must be kept frozen until pick-up. Someone in the laboratory must be available at pick-up time to ensure the proper material is discarded.

  • Dispose uncontaminated broken glassware in a closable box.  Do not throw glassware in regular inside trash cans.  Broken glass or glassware waste containers are available from lab supply vendors. Any sturdy, undamaged corrugated box is suitable.  The boxes should be lined with a 2 mil poly bag. When full, close the bag, secure and tape the lid on the box and take the waste box to the dumpster.  

Sharps and medical waste pick up request form