Q&A on black box (RCRA) and sharps!

Good Morning! As I receive questions that are non-specific to an individual ambulatory, I’ll post the question and my ‘best guess answer’ then research as needed to provide the response from the campus TJCChapter expert (or outside ‘expert’ as needed).

Here is a very good question to kick us off: “(confused about the ‘what goes in what box’ chart) I can see that full, partial, or empty vials of meds listed on the chart go into the black box…do I also put a black box in each exam room to put the syringes and needles in?”

My answer: I’m glad you have and are using the chart! The black box is not a ‘sharps container’, so never put any syringes with needles or needles into a black box. All syringes with needles should go into the (red) sharps container you already have mounted in each exam room. Dispose of the syringe with needle into the closest (red) sharps container. You do not need to have a black box in each exam room for the vials – you may have one in nursing station or if using a very large black box then it could sit in the utility room. HOPE THIS HELPS!

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2 Responses to Q&A on black box (RCRA) and sharps!

  1. Kathleen Wurzlow says:

    This is another question concerning the “black box”: our influenza vaccines come in prefilled syringes. Do we remove the needle and put it in the red box and the syringe in the black box:

    • Peggy Mann, M.S., MT(ASCP) Ambulatory Program Manager says:

      Hi Kathleen, good question (thanks!) and time for a refresh! You do not remove needles from a syringe. Put the (spent) syringe with the needle attached INTO THE RED SHARPS container.
      THANKS for asking! Peggy Mann

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