Needles of any kind must be discarded in a Sharps container. a red, plastic container with a biohazard symbol on the outside. The entire container is disposed of once it is full.
Anything that comes into contact with bodily fluids (blood, plasma, mucus, semen, etc.) that cannot be sterilized must be disposed. Medical waste must be discarded in a separate bag or canister marked clearly as a biohazard.
Tools used by tattoo and piercing artists that qualify as hazardous waste (after use) that cannot be sterilized include, but are not limited to:
- Tattoo needle sharps
- Protective gloves
- Paper towels
- Plastic protective covers (used to cover the tattoo machine, cord, soap bottles, etc.)
- Ink caps and leftover ink in caps
- Cotton swabs
- Any leftover ointment removed for use