Health and safety in the laboratory and field
Health and safety in the laboratory and field

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Health and safety in the laboratory and field

8 Biological health and safety

8.1 Syringes and sharps

  • Observe good laboratory practice by wearing gloves; latex or nitrile gloves are best.

  • Do not re-sheath needles or sharps unless unavoidable due to the nature of the work.

  • Remove scalpel blades with a specific scalpel-blade-removing tool.

  • Dispose of all syringes and sharps in designated containers (labelled ‘sharps’); when these are full they should be taken for commercial disposal by incineration.

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Figure 13 Sharps box

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