From: "LaCroix, Steve (DOH)" <Steve.LaCroix**At_Symbol_Here**DOH.WA.GOV>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] broken glass containers
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:06:19 +0000
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: BFCE6E1C13015040A19EB5514755E9E80B3CD709**At_Symbol_Here**WAXMXOLYMB025.WAX.wa.lcl

We use a square dolly that the box fits in so the lab folks don't have to lift it. They can dolly it right out for disposal.


Steve LaCroix MS, CBSP
Environmental Health, Safety and QA Manager
Department of Health
Disease Control and Health Statistics
1610 NE 150th St.
Shoreline, WA 98155
Phone: (206) 418-5437
Cell: 206-391-9025
FAX: (206) 418-5445
email: steve.lacroix**At_Symbol_Here**
ergonomic information: http://dohweb/Risk/employee_safety_and_health/ergo/ergonomics.htm
"The Department of Health works to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State"

-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Nail, John
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] broken glass containers

I protect my cardboard sharps boxes from wet floors by putting them on plant stands or on 8x8x16" concrete blocks.

On 4/30/15 10:51 AM, "Wayne Wood" wrote:

>I'm not a big fan of the cardboard boxes for collecting sharps.
>Repeated floor washing which makes the cardboard wet, combined with a
>good sized load in the box, has resulted in the bottom of the box
>falling out at collection time, in at least 2 instances I am aware of.
>Wayne Wood | Associate Director, University Safety (EHS), University
>Services - Directeur Adjoint, Direction de la pre´vention (SSE),
>Services universitaires | McGill University | 3610 rue McTavish Street,
>4th floor
>| Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1Y2 | Tel: (514) 398-2391
>-----Original Message-----
>From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On
>Behalf Of Wilhelm, Monique
>Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:03 AM
>Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] broken glass containers
>We don't have this problem very much. Only occasional paper or gloves.
>We keep ours next to our trash cans.
>Monique Wilhelm
>Laboratory Supervisor/Adjunct Lecturer/Chem Club Co-Advisor Department
>of Chemistry & Biochemistry University of Michigan-Flint Flint, MI
>-----Original Message-----
>From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On
>Behalf Of Osterby, Meg
>Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:43 PM
>Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] broken glass containers
>I had some laminated, colored, half page posters made that say, "Stop!
>Broken glass ONLY in this box." I taped them across the opening in the
>glass box, but attached with chemical resistant labeling tape at only
>one side, so it is easily moved out of the way to put broken glassware in.
>Since doing so, I only get broken glass in the boxes, and you're right,
>before this there was paper towels, used disposable gloves, etc. in the
>Meg Osterby
>Lead Chemistry Instructor
>Western Technical College
>400 7th St. N.
>LaCrosse, WI 54601
>"It's better to be careful 100 times, than to be killed once."
> Mark Twain
>-----Original Message-----
>From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On
>Behalf Of David Roberts
>Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:39 AM
>Subject: [DCHAS-L] broken glass containers
>Hi all,
>While I recognize that this is not totally relevant to this group, I
>want to ask people about broken glass and how they handle/manage it.
>For us - we have performed EPA audits (by EPA lawyers as well as IDEM)
>and discovered that it does not need to be handled as hazardous waste,
>and thus can be disposed of in regular trash. However, managing broken
>glass is mostly an OSHA thing to protect our staff who clean rooms and
>dispose of regular refuse.
>So for us - the way I presently handle it is to have large boxes in
>labs for disposal of glass. When they fill, I go around, pick them up,
>and take them to the dumpster - where they are then taken to our local
>trash transfer station.
>With that said - I routinely purchase broken glass boxes (31 high boxes
>that are clearly labeled - you all know them). Students quickly fill
>these up with used gloves, kimwipes, pipets, and other random things.
>My question is this: Has anybody been successful at having such boxes
>around and ending up with them filled with only glass? Should I use
>smaller boxes placed in hoods, or just smaller boxes on bench tops or
>?????? I1m just looking for options - these boxes are a bit expensive
>but also they are dangerous. I1ve had a few incidents where I1ve
>picked up a full box and a pipet speared through the box right in to my hand.
>The weight is a bit much - so I1m certain to go to bench top ones and
>ones in hoods.
>I was just curious as to what others have found that works. The
>situation I presently have does not work well - at least not with

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.