This is the third edition of CSA Z316.6, Evaluation of single-use and reusable medical sharps containers for biohazardous and cytotoxic waste. It supersedes the previous editions published in 2002 and 1995 under the title Evaluation of Single-Use Medical Sharps Containers for Biohazardous and Cytotoxic Waste.
This Standard specifies test criteria for evaluating the following characteristics of single-use and reusable medical sharps containers for biohazardous and cytotoxic waste:
(a) materials of construction;
(c) lifespan of reusable containers;
(d) puncture resistance;
(e) fill capacity and fill capacity indicator;
(f) overfill protection;
(g) needle unwinders;
(h) handle strength;
(i) impact resistance and cold impact resistance;
(j) topping resistance;
(k) container opening and closure device;
(l) thermal integrity and disposal, including monitoring and decontamination process for reusables; and
(m) information to be provided by the manufacturer, labelling, and symbols.
This Standard does not address deliberate access to sharps within containers. This aspect of safety and security should be considered when the containers are selected for use in uncontrolled environments. The sharps container should be designed and manufactured in a way that protects its handler from being harmed by the container's contents during its intended use, transport, and disposal.
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