Needles and Sharps: Safe Handling, Injury Response and Disposal


A sharp is any device with corners, edges, or projections capable of cutting or piercing. Sharps include,
but are not limited to, the following:

  • Needles
  • Needles with syringes and attached tubing
  • Blades (razors, scalpels and X-acto®)
  • Glass pasteur pipettes
  • Broken glass, glass slides, and coverslips
Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Publication date: 
May 21, 2020
Publication type: 
Fact Sheet