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OSHA Watch Question of the Month - Nov/Dec 2004

November/December Question of the Month: Can sharps containers be mounted inside a cabinet door?

Answer: No, since it's likely a worker could be injred when trying to maneuver a sharp object dripping with blood into a container inside of a closed cabinet. Other unacceptable areas to place sharps containers include:

* The corners of rooms.
* On the backs of room doors.
* Where people may sit or lie near the container.
* Near light switches or thermostats.
* Any other area where the sharps container could be accidentally hit or

dislodged by a person, moving equipment, wheelchairs or swinging doors.

Posted by Quality America on December 20, 2005 | Comments (0)


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