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September 25, 1997
Mr. William M. Wagner, President
Hospital Waste Management, Inc.
249 Hardage Drive
Marietta, GA 30064
Dear Mr. Wagner:
This is in response to your letter dated July 28, 1997, concerning further clarification of the Safe
Medical Systems' SNR sharps collection system. You have asked for an interpretation as it pertains
to the "shearing" action of the SNR, and whether the shearing of the plastic end of the syringe is
prohibited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Occupational Exposure to
Bloodborne Pathogen standard (CFR 1910.1030).
The system for needle disposal you described in a previous letter is a system that shears the plastic
end of the syringe holding the needle. The sheared end with the needle then falls into a sharps
container. The shearing of the plastic syringe is not prohibited by the standard. The standard does
prohibit the shearing of the needle. As discussed in the previous letter, the remaining parts of the
syringe and plunger are contaminated and must be properly disposed of as well.
I hope this letter has fully addressed your request for clarification of the Bloodborne Pathogen
standard. If you have further questions, please call Wanda Bissell of my staff at (202) 219-8036 ext.
Stephen Mallinger, Acting Director
Office of Health Compliance Assistance
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