Sharps containers labeled, no non-sharp waste, not overfilled, not overdue

Sharps are defined as needles, syringes, scalpels, and intravenous tubing with needles attached scalpels, as well as any contaminated object that can penetrate the skin such as: Pasteur pipettes, razor blades, capillary tubes, etc. regardless of whether they are contaminated or not.

Place discarded needles and syringes into an approved MSU sharps container. An approved sharps container is one that is leakproof, puncture – resistant, closable, bears the biohazard symbol and is manufactured as a sharps container. Sharps containers used on campus should also be labeled with the EHS “Sharps” label to facilitate proper treatment and disposal of containers. Do not clip, bend break, or recap sharps. A sharps container must be permanently closed and disposed of through the EHS when:

  • It is ¾ full and/or
  • Within 90 days of the date that the first sharp was placed in it, whichever comes first


  • Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. HHS Publication No. (CDC) 21- 1112, 5th Edition.
  • NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. April 2019.
  • MSU Biosafety Manual
  • MSU Bloodborne Exposure Control Plan
  • MSU Waste Disposal Guidance
  • MSU Biohazardous Waste Management Plan

Corrective actions:

Purchase MSU-approved containers from University Stores and record date of first use in the EHS provided label.

Add used sharps until is ¾ full and/or within 90 days of first use, whichever comes first. Close lid permanently, request pick up by EHS and additional labels on the EHS Safety Portal (Hazardous Waste Pickup and Lab Label Request).