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Initial Medical’s sharps bins provide safe storage and disposal for all categories of sharps waste. We provide an extensive range of UN-approved, colour-coded sharps bins and sharps boxes to ensure waste is segregated correctly prior to collection by a local Initial expert.
Our orange, yellow and purple lidded sharps bins are designed to safely store needles and syringes, as well as other sharp instruments, preventing injuries in your practice and ensuring legal compliance.
All of our sharps containers have been tested to the most stringent quality and safety standards, ensuring the safety and legal compliance of your practice. Protect your practice by contacting an Initial Medical specialist today to learn more about our sharps bin service and receive your free compliance auditing survey.
The last thing you need in your workplace is confusion. Our sharps bin range is colour-coded according to the NHS guidelines to allow sharps users in your practice to easily identify which container their needle, syringe or other sharps implement should be disposed into.
All of our eco sharps containers contain at least 40% recycled plastic, helping your practice meet sustainability goals whilst operating as a safety mechanism for those in your healthcare environment. Read more on our bins being the sustainable choice for your practice.
Available in a range of sizes from 0.5 litres to 35 litres, our colour-coded sharps bins are designed to fit your working practices and include mounting brackets to place your sharps bins as close as possible to the point of use. Your local Initial Medical consultant will be able to advise you on which bin size is the best fit to make sure you have adequate container storage between waste collections.
Read more on each colour and our sharps container specifications below.
Thanks to the application of post-consumer recycled resin (PCR) into our sharps bins during manufacture, our sharps containers now include at least 40% recycled plastic, reaching 46%. This is managed without impacting upon safety, remaining fully compliant with UN3291 and ISO 23907-1:2019 standards.
In the process, the bodies of our sharps containers have changed to a new, darker shade, reflecting how we are championing sustainable solutions alongside our UK suppliers.
It has never been more important to look for sustainable solutions in all areas of your practice. We are delighted to help you on your journey to reduce your dependence on virgin plastic, which requires crude oil in its manufacture, by using our eco sharps bins.
Would you like to know how else we are taking action to build a sustainable healthcare waste service? Click here.
The safe management of sharps waste is vital in preventing sharps injuries to staff or patients, particularly from needles. Healthcare workers, in dentistries especially, are more at risk of a needlestick injury than any other industry, meaning that sharps safety is crucial in healthcare practices and clinics.
As part of our sharps bin diposal service, your local Initial Medical consultant will work with you to ensure your sharps waste streams are safe and compliant, giving full protection to your business, staff and patients.
Sharps containers supplied by Initial Medical are collected by our local technicians, trained extensively in customer service and in sharps safety. They are happy to answer your questions and find out how else they can help with your medical waste disposal.
Receive your free compliance audit from an Initial Medical consultant to examine your waste disposal needs and legal requirements.
To ensure their safe disposal, all sharps bins should be closed and collected before reaching three quarters full. If your sharps bin reaches a higher point before closing, we advise speaking to your local Initial Medical consultant to arrange more regular waste collections.
The Department of Health in the HTM 07-01* advises that after three months, even if yet to reach three quarters full, your sharps bin should be disposed of in any case. As an infection control measure, you should not leave your sharps bin open for any longer than three months.
*Health Technical Memorandum 07-01, Safe management of healthcare waste, Department of Health (p.122)
It is important to give due consideration when choosing how and where to store your sharps bins.
Initial Medical's sharps bin range includes optional wall or cabinet mounting brackets, which secure your sharps bin out of the reach of children whilst in use.
You must keep your sharps containers on a temporary lock at all times. Once three quarters full, your sharps containers must be fully locked and stored in a well-chosen storage area for the safety of your staff and our collecting technicians.
Your storage area must be locked at all times and your sharps containers should be segregated from other healthcare waste products in your practice. External wheelie bins also act as an excellent solution to secure and segregate your sharps waste prior to collection.
Where extra precautions need to be taken, we also provide Safer Sharps Cabinets. These welded steel cabinets remove access to sharps containers whilst in use. They are particularly useful in high-risk environments, such as drug rehabilitation centres.
Prevent risk of sharps injuries with our point-of-use sharps disposal containers, reducing the exposure to sharps after use.
Safely store and dispose of out of date or unwanted medicines using our robust, colour-coded pharmaceutical waste containers.