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NIH Personal Sharps Disposal Pilot Program

The Environmental Protection and Occupational Health and Safety Programs at NIH are committed to safety in the workplace. There have been several needlestick incidences among housekeeping and other NIH staff due to the improper disposal of sharps (needles and syringes) for personal medical use. The Office of Research Facilities, Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) are collaborating on a pilot program for the safe disposal of personal sharps. This pilot program will run from October 2019 to October 2021.

The purpose of the pilot program is to:

  • Facilitate safe disposal of personal sharps used at NIH.
  • Avoid injuries among the NIH workforce that could lead to serious infections due to improper disposal of sharps.
  • Comply with federal and state regulations.

Anyone working at the NIH, regardless of personnel status, may pick up a free mini sharps container for the safe disposal of their used personal medical sharps at the NIH Occupational Medical Service (OMS) in Building 10, Room 6C-306. OMS will accept sealed mini sharps containers (personal medical use only) for disposal in exchange for a new container. OMS is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

For questions regarding the program contact: DEP's Jacquelyn McGauley for waste disposal concerns at 301-496-7990 or DOHS for safety concerns at 301-496-2346.

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