Consider all needles and sharps as being infected. The user of the sharp should plan for its safe use and disposal.
- Wear appropriate gloves when touching and or handling items that are visibly soiled with blood or bodily fluids. Gloves must be changed in between contact of individuals.
- If there is potential for splashing, masks and eye protection must be worn.
- Use puncture-resistant containers for disposal of sharps and needles.
- Containers should have a max fill line, be leak proof, and closable.
- Label containers with symbols or words – for example usage of the biohazard symbol or "CAUTION: WASTE SHARPS."
- Clean and sterilize reusable syringes before reusing.
- Place large bore reusable needles in puncture-proof containers.
- Use clamps to remove lancet and scalpel blades from holders, not your fingers.
- Do not recap, bend, break or remove needles by hand from disposable syringes or otherwise handle after use.
Please also see the OSH Answers document HIV/AIDS in the Workplace for more information.