0279 Sharps waste


This protocol detail the waste handling of sharp objects. All SOPs at KI Biobank are written in Swedish and have been translated for publication at MolMeth and may contain inaccuracies.


  1. Purpose                                                                                                                                      2
  2. Scope                                                                                                                                          2
  3. Responsibility                                                                                                                            2
  4. References                                                                                                                                2
  5. Waste boxes                                                                                                                             2
  6. Labelling                                                                                                                                    2
  7. Transport                                                                                                                                   2

1. Purpose

The purpose is to describe how to handle sharps waste in a safe way and according to KI´s routines for waste management.

2. Scope

Sharps waste includes all types of tubes, pipette tips, gloves, needles, Pasteur pipettes, etc. which have been in contact with biological material.

3. Responsibility

All personnel working in the laboratory of the Biobank.

4. References

KI´s intranet: http://intra.ki.se/service/environment/avfall.html

The prescriptions of Socialstyrelsen: http://www.sos.se/sosfs/2005_26/2205_26.htm

5. Waste boxes

Yellow 12 liter boxes can be ordered from the working environment coordinator at KI, see Specialavfall in binder Order 2. The boxes are delivered to room number 1235, level 2, Nobels väg 12 C. The laboratory personnel at KI is responsible for that the boxes get picked up and placed in the washing room. Before using the boxes, an absorbing paper towel should be placed in the bottom of the box (this towel is delivered with the box).

6. Labelling

The box should be labelled with a yellow label ”skärande/stickande/smittförande avfall” (sharps waste), ordered together with the boxes. Fill in the label and put it on the side of the box (see below).


7. Transport

When the box is full/weighs more than 12 kg, the yellow lid should be put on and the box placed in room 1428 for temporary storage. Make sure the box is closed properly, it should not be possible to open the lid. The boxes will be transported to room 1235, level 2, Nobels väg 12C, where they will be collected each week or on demand.




SOP collection, KI Biobank. 0279 Sharps waste. The Molecular Methods Database. 2015/12/09

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