Sharps Containers

Definition: “Sharps are defined as needles, syringes, scalpels, and intravenous tubing with needles attached scalpels, as well as any contaminated object that can penetrate the skin such as: Pasteur pipettes, razor blades, capillary tubes, etc. regardless of whether they are contaminated or not.” [Read more here]


  • Several logistical reasons why REHS cannot install sharps containers at this time. Labs are different than public spaces. There needs to be proper follow-up and disposal of containers. Heavy fines in place after a strict 90 days EVEN if they are empty.
  • [Resolved!] Access REHS Sharps Containers Plan. REHS are working to outline the procedure for communicating to students how REHS can supply them with an individual sharp’s container.
  • Charles Stephens, Associate Director for REHS ( will be the point of contact for questions about sharps disposal containers at REHS.

On-going Questions:

How can we increase communications for students who may need to dispose of sharps?
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