Appendix 1

Model Policies and Procedures

Written policies and procedures must be developed that incorporate the following:

  1. Information must be available to customers and staff indicating that any sharps brought into the pharmacy for disposal must be contained within sealed, puncture-resistant, leak-proof containers that assure the safety of the customer and/or anyone else who may come into contact with the container. Examples of such containers include personal sharps containers sold or furnished by a pharmacy or health care provider or puncture resistant bleach or detergent containers with screw on tops.
  2. Properly contained sharps that are brought in for collection must either be immediately placed by the customer into a "kiosk" or "drop box" or placed by a trained employee into a collection receptacle.
  3. The larger, puncture resistant collection receptacle, "kiosk" or "drop box" (i.e., the container into which the already-contained sharps are placed by either the customer or pharmacy staff) must be
    • prominently marked with either the word "sharps", the universal warning sign or the word "biohazard",
    • secured in a manner such that only employees or other appropriately trained persons, such as regulated medical waste disposal staff, have access to used sharps containers; and,
    • placed in an area that can be monitored at all times.
  4. Individual sharps containers collected at a pharmacy must be packaged in a rigid, sealed container prior to being transported off-site to another collection point or for disposal. Such containers must bear the imprint of or have a firmly attached label with the name and address of the pharmacy that collected the sharps, the date the container was transported and the universal warning sign or the word "biohazard".