Standard Operating Procedures

Sharps and Glass

Sharps Disposal:

Sharps Container
Sharps Container
  1. Place used sharps in a rigid, red, plastic biohazard-labeled sharps container. When no more than 2/3 full, close lid, place autoclave tape over lid and sides. Do not block vent holes. Include the following information on the sharps container label:

    PI name
    Johnson Hall (JHN) 303B

  2. Autoclave the sharps container in room 227 using the chemical integrator strips and recording the load in the logbooks.
  1. Laboratory glass and plasticware not contaminated with biohazardous material, chemicals, or radioactive materials must be placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Any cardboard box may be used, provided it is sturdy and of a size that will not weigh more than 20 pounds when full.

  2. Boxes must be labeled with the room number and Principal Investigator's name and sealed with a special "laboratory glass" tape. If the printed tape is not available, the box can be sealed with other packaging tape as long as the box is well marked as containing "laboratory glass."

  3. Place the sealed box alongside your regular waste container for collection.

Note: Boxes and tape are available in the Chemistry stockroom and from suppliers, and tape is also available from Biochemistry stores.


Additional Sharps, Laboratory Glass, and Plasticware Waste Information from EHS: http://www.ehs.washington.edu/rbsresplan/sharp.shtm