All workers should take precautions to prevent injuries caused by needles, scalpel blades, and other sharp instruments. When cleaning used instruments, you should never place your hands into a container or solution you cannot see into such as a sink of soapy water or a covered container. After the sharps are used, they should be place in puncture-resistant containers located close to their use.
Broken glassware visibly contaminated with blood must be picked up with a brush and dustpan. Hands must be covered with gloves, but the hand must not touch the glass. Once the broken glass has been picked up it should be decontaminated with an approved disinfectant or steam sterilized.
Decontaminated glassware is then placed in a labeled, closeable, puncture-resistant container. Blood in the area of the broken glass must be cleaned with an approved solution, allowing the solution to remain on the blood for a period of 10 or more minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer.