Sharpak — where safety always comes first.

Our range of UN certified clinical waste containers are made in the UK and used all over the world, across a variety of environments, from hospitals and clinical premises to home use or for those on needle exchange programmes.

Our unique VisiLOCK® technology is a spring-loaded red button on the lid of the container that pops up with an audible click to clearly reassure that the lid is locked closed, and the container is safe for handling. It has been designed with ease of use and safety in mind and can even be securely closed with only one hand. It is available on all the Sharpak® 18, 35, 60, 120 and 220 containers.

Sharpak code blue product range

Colour coding for improved safety

The manner of sharps disposal varies according to what the sharps have been contaminated with during their use. We clearly colour code our range into three categories, (plus Code Blue for the export market) each denoting the classification of contents for best practice, safe segregation and indicating clearly to the user the risks involved in their transportation and disposal and reducing risk of contamination incidents.

Infectious waste. For fully discharged sharps not contaminated with cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines or sharps not contaminated with medicinal products. Dispose of by incineration or other approved method.

Infectious waste. For partially discharged sharps not contaminated with cytotoxic or cytostatic medicines. Dispose of by incineration only.

Cytotoxic/cytostatic waste. For sharps contaminated with cytotoxic and cytostatic medicine dispose of by incineration only.

SHARPAK Code Blue sharps containers are the standard range for export and selected markets. For incineration or other approved methods.
Click to play video Colour Coding Sharps Bin
Accessories

A range of accessories to support the use of all colour coded products is available including

SHARPAK Universal Mounting Bracket 18 PLUS - shown on wall
SHARPAK Universal Mounting Bracket 18 PLUS

SM06500

Container not included

SHARPAK Universal Mounting Bracket 35-220 PLUS - shown on wall
SHARPAK Universal Mounting Bracket 35-220 PLUS

SM05000

Container not included

SHARPAK Kick Trolley
SHARPAK Kick Trolley

SM16046

Container not included

SHARPAK Kick Trolley XL
SHARPAK XL Trolley

SM16047

Container not included

SHARPAK Shaped Procedure Tray COMPACT & 18 PLUS
SHARPAK Shaped Procedure Tray COMPACT & 18 PLUS

SU06211

Container not included

SHARPAK Shaped Procedure Tray 35 PLUS
SHARPAK Shaped Procedure Tray 35 PLUS

SU03501

Container not included

SHARPAK Safe & Sound 18 PLUS Wall Unit
SHARPAK Safe & Sound 18 PLUS Wall Unit

SS00018

Container not included

SHARPAK Safe & Sound 60 PLUS Wall Unit
SHARPAK Safe & Sound 60 PLUS Wall Unit

SS00060

Container not included

SHARPAK HYDRI Mat
SHARPAK 60 HYDRI Mat

HYM60

150 x 150mm

SHARPAK HYDRI Mat
SHARPAK 120 HYDRI Mat

HYM120

165 x 165mm

SHARPAK HYDRI Mat
SHARPAK 220 HYDRI Mat

HYM220

Mat size: 265 x 265mm

SHARPAK Injury Prevention Pack (SIPP)
SHARPAK Injury Prevention Pack (SIPP)

SB06196

Max capacity: 0.6 litres
Fill line capacity: 0.48 litres

Click to play video Safe use of Sharpak Range of sharps disposal products
Compliance

All Sharpak® products have been tested and certified to the relevant standards by independent test laboratories including Smithers PIRA and BSI Product testing. The current standards include:

What is UN Type approval?

  • Official Title: “The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Classification, Packaging & Labelling) and Use of Transportable Pressure Receptacles Regulations 1996 (CDGCPL2)”
  • Testing devised for the United Nations for the transport of dangerous goods
  • Sharps waste is classified under UN 3291 Clinical Waste
  • Compliance is a legal requirement when the waste is transported
  • Consignor’s responsibility to use correct product
  • Became Law as of 1.1.97
  • Each size of container must have its UN approval number displayed on the container
  • All SHARPAK Containers have been UN type tested by PIRA International

UN Type Approval Testing

Type approval testing is carried out by Smithers PIRA International who are the nominated test laboratory. Approval certificates are issued on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Civil Aviation Authority and the Health and Safety Executive

Cold Drop Test – The container under test is filled with sharps to the fill line capacity and the weight is recorded. The container is then conditioned at -18°C for specified period and then drop tested as per the test protocol from a height of 1.2 metres onto a hard surface

Stack Test – A load is applied to the container equal to the total weight of a stack of filled containers 3 metres high

The regulations relating to UN type approved containers stipulates that the container must be made from virgin raw material, reprocessed material cannot be used

What does the UN Number mean?

un-number

This defines the requirements for single-use sharps containers, designed for the containment and disposal of sharps such as scalpel blades, trocars, hypodermic needles and syringes. It is applicable to sharps containers that are supplied complete by the manufacturer and to those that are supplied as components intended to be assembled by the user.

BS EN ISO 23907:2019 defines the following requirements and test methods for Sharps containers:

  • Construction: details the container stability, strength of handle, aperture and closure requirements.
  • Resistance to penetration: not less than 15 Newton’s.
  • Resistance to damage or leakage after dropping from a height of 1m.
  • Fill-line indicator: no greater than 85% of the total capacity of the container.
  • Labelling & instructions for use: the standard includes details for hazard symbols, usage of the container, assembly, placement, filling and handling instructions.
  • Colour: as defined by national regulations.