Sharps Disposal

The smarter, reusable way
to safely manage sharps waste

 

Not only do we boast the "the safest sharps container in the wolrd", clinically proven to reduce needlestick injuries by up to 87%, but Sharpsmart is industry-regarded for its unique approach to total waste management. Working with all sized healthcare facilities, we pride ourselves in driving a bespoke waste management service that drives clinical outcomes across safety, sustainability, education, efficiency and total costs. 

 


 

When we talk about sharps disposal, we're on our A-Game!

This is where we started, a vision that a safer sharps container could deliver significant reductions in healthcare worker exposure to needlestick injuries. This was over 30 years ago! And we're still as passionate now about this issue as we were back then. Today the Sharpsmart container is globally recognised as the safest sharps container in the world, boasting the greatest reduction of needlstick injuries ever recorded in modern literature. Backed by multiple peer review studies, and countless case studies from our healthcare partners, the Sharpsmart is quite simply the only sharps container in the world designed with adequate safety features to protect healthcare workers from container-associated sharps injuries. 

 

Sharps waste management is not just about a container, it's about a total solution 

Supporting our UN approved sharps containers is a robotic washing system that sanitises every container after use achieving a 106 log reduction in bacterial load, together with a suite of mounting, movement and location accessories that ensure containers can be seamlessly moved without risk to healthcare staff, and utilised at the point of patient care thereby minimising risk in sharps disposal. Sharpsmart is licenced to handle the collection and transport of sharps across the United Kingdom, and our operational staff are supported by a compliance team who manage all regulations that pertain to the management of sharps waste. We work hand in hand with clinical and portering staff to ensure thorough education is provided for the safe handling, containment, transport and disposal of sharps, thereby ensuring (HTM) 07-01 is adhered to, and ensuring the safety of staff in handling contaminated sharps. With hundreds of facilities partnering with us from multi-campus hospitals through to nursing homes and surgical centres, we are positioned and committed to providing the safest, most environmentally responsible, and most efficient sharps management solutions in the UK. 

 

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Sharpsmart manage sharps collection and disposal from hospitals, laboratories, surgical centres and health clinics across the United Kingdom.

 

Syringes and Hypodermic Needles 

Medicinally Contaminated Sharps 

Cytotoxic Contaminated Sharps 

Phlebotomy sharps 

Single-use Surgical Devices 

 

The safest and most environmentally responsible sharps management system

SAFETY

Designed in collaboration with clinicians, the Sharpsmart has 13 unique safety features which protect staff and patients in the handling and disposal of sharps waste; with global recognition in peer review journals, it is regarded as the safest sharps containment system in the world. 

IMMEDIATE COST REDUCTION

Dramatically reduced costs by customised scheduling, reduction in needlestick injury management, larger container options for volume efficiencies, and eliminating the need to purchase and dispose of single-use containers. 

POINT OF USE DISPOSAL

Save time and labour and minimise infection transfer risk by disposing and segregating sharps waste at point of generation. Sharpsmart's range of accessories include wall mounted or mobile solutions to ensure safer handling at point of care. 

SPACE OPTIMISATION

Sharpsmart's mounting and movement accessories are engineered to optimise space, overcome logistical challenges, provide bulk movement and storage of sharps collectors, and enable point-of-use disposal without the collectors ever touching the ground. 

REUSABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY

Choosing reusable collectors instead of disposable dramatically reduces the volume of plastic and cardboard being sent to landfill

LEAKPROOF AND TAMPERPROOF

Anti-tamper mechanism and odour lock seals ensure contents are sealed from spillage and unauthorised access. The Sharpsmart containers' robust build makes them inpenetrable from protruding needles. 

 

Summary of the risks associated with managing Sharps Waste

 

OHS threats for staff

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 62-88% of all sharps injuries can be prevented by the use of safer medical devices.
  • Sharps can be contaminated with differed micro-organisms and can be contaminated with blood borne viruses such as Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV) and Hepatitis B and C, and pose a risk of infection or injury if they penetrate the skin. 

 

Non-compliance with regulations and cost overruns

  • Fears of HIV and other infections have led many healthcare workers to pursue legal action for compensation for a disease acquired at work.
  • Even in cases where diseases have not been transmitted, healthcare workers are successfully suing for compensation for the emotional distress experienced while waiting for test results.
  • One study found the cost to an average hospital of sharps injuries was £19,000 per year.

 


 

How Can Sharpsmart Help?


World-class clinically designed containment systems optimised for safety, sustainability and efficiency.

Total waste management, supporting your facility to drive cost and waste volume reductions across every waste stream through our 'four walls' approach

Proven cost-reduction initiatives | 30% reduction in operating costs, 65% decrease in labour. 

Experts in national regulatory compliance | We navigate the red tape for you. 

Safety and Infection Minimisation achieved through clinical products, washing and sterilisation, and expert advice in placement and training.

 

"No complaints"

Since the changeover to Sharpsmart, we have seen a major reduction in sharps injuries. The Sharpsmart container has a built in 3/4 full feature that prevents overfilling and is completely secure. The container is much stronger and thicker than disposables and you don't have to assemble them. I used to get complaints daily from various departments about our old system, I can honestly say I can't recall a single complaint about Sharpsmart containers.

Peter Clayton, EVS Director

Fairview Group, Minneapolis

"Would recommend to everyone..."

We are extremely pleased with the service we are receiving from Sharpsmart. The sharps bins are a lot safer than what we were previously using and can be wall mounted really easily. Collections are always on time and consignment notes provided. We would recommend Sharpsmart to anyone and everyone.

Dental Elements, Leatherhead Surrey

"Reducing Needlestick Injuries by 50%..."

The Sharpsmart program has been extremely successful in reducing our needlestick injuries by 50% and their service capability can’t be beat. We are a two hospital system and have enjoyed our decision and their success and will continue to use them.

Paula J Fasick, Director of Materials Management

Upper Chesapeake Health

"Sustainability is Incredible..."

We've used Sharpsmart for over four years. The traceable sustainability of the Sharpsmart containers is incredible.

Clare Topping, Energy & Sustainability Manager

Northampton General Hospital

"Drive Safe Clinical Practices..."

As a product, Sharpsmart has proved its place in the busy hospital environment. The sharps containers are easy to identify, sturdy and secure. Staff love the idea of the carts which ensure sharps can be disposed of safely and immediately after they been used maximising safe clinical practices

Marja Thomas, Infection Control Nurse

University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire