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Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.1030

November 10, 1994

Mrs. Molly Ruscoe Clinical Representative Bioject Inc. 7620 S.W. Bridgeport Road Portland Oregon 97224

Dear Ms Ruscoe:

This is in response to your letter of August 22, 1994 requesting a written opinion on the disposal of the needle-less Biojector Syringe.

The background information you provided, as well as the Instruction Manual has been reviewed. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) does not regulate the management of uncontaminated instruments or sharps. Since they are sterile they do not present a Bloodborne pathogen transmission hazard. This would certainly apply to the needle as described in your literature.

The needle-less Biojector Syringe is not a "sharp" object as you pointed out, however it may become contaminated with blood as the syringe tip contacts the injection site. It would be necessary to dispose of the contaminated syringe in accordance with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen standard by placing it into a leak-proof color-coded or labelled container.

We hope this information answers your concerns and questions. Thank you for your interest in worker safety and health.


Ruth E. McCully, Director Office of Health Compliance Assistance

Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents

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