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CAN/CSA-Z316.6-14 - Sharps injury protection - Requirements and test methods - Sharps containers (Adopted ISO 23907:2012, first edition, 2012-09-01, with Canadian deviations)

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  • 2014

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  • CSA

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CSA Z316.6 Sharps Injury Protection

Sharps containers play a pivotal role in preventing exposure to blood borne pathogens and potential infections; proper handling is critical to helping address infection protection and control. CSA Z316.6 outlines the requirements and test methods for sharps containers and sharps injury protection.

CSA Z316.6 addresses key considerations such as container stability, handle strength, aperture & closure, penetration & damage resistance and leakage prevention. Adopted from ISO 23907:2012, CSA Z316.6 has been updated to reflect Canadian health care needs regarding the disposal of potentially hazardous sharps medical waste and sharps protection features such as scalpel blades, trocars, hypodermic needles and syringes.

Highlights of Z316.6:

  • Supersedes the previous 2007 edition of CSA Z316.6 titled Evaluation of single-use and reusable medical sharps containers for biohazardous and cytotoxic waste
  • First time adoption of the newly published ISO 23907:2012 Sharps injury protection - Requirements and test methods - Sharps containers

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