Since 1980 we have continued to improve and maintain the highest standards for our Sharpsafe containers.
Continuing this trend in 2012 we were awarded the new BS EN ISO 23907:2012 standard from the British Standards Institution.
This standard includes more rigorous testing for penetration, resistance to damage and leakage after the container is dropped.
Below we’ve selected a few important milestones in the history of the Sharpsafe container from the past 35 years.
HTM 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste
HTM 07-01 provides a framework for best practice waste management in order to help healthcare organisations and other healthcare waste producers meet legislative requirements as well as identify opportunities to improve waste minimisation and reduce the associated environmental and carbon impacts of managing waste.
First to pass AFNOR NF Standard
AFNOR NF X 30-500 is a French standard which is considered even more stringent in its performance requirements than the BS and UN standards and is applicable for containers with an effective capacity of up to 10 litres.
Sharpsafe Mark 6 (2000)
In 2000 we completely redesigned the Sharpsafe range as part of our philosophy of continuous development to raise the bar yet again in terms of performance and safety.
The range featured class leading fluid retention and new needle removal features to aid waste segregation in Europe.
NPSD – Point of Use Disposal
NPSD is a strategy for reducing needlestick injuries which features sharps containment products designed specifically to be taken to the patient. Sharps are disposed of safely at the point of use thus eliminating many of the opportunities for needlestick injuries.
Sharps are disposed of safely at the point of use thus eliminating many of the opportunities for needlestick injuries.
Sharpsafe Mark 5 (1990)
In 1990 we launched the mark 5 Sharpsafe to specifically meet BS 7320:1990 introduced that year.
The containers included a new labelling technique where a label is moulded directly into the container ensuring it can not be removed.
New BS 7320 British Standard
This standard specified requirements for sharps containers intended to hold potentially infectious medical waste comprised largely of devices which could readily cause physical injury, such as needles and syringes and scalpel blades.
Sharpsafe Mark 4 (1988)
In 1988 we launched the mark 4 Sharpsafe 7 Litre with it’s higher rim form for improved fluid retention.
This container replaced the previous 7 Litre Sharpsafe first manufactured in 1983 and incorporated a carry handle on the container lid.
Sharpsafe Mark 3 (1986)
In 1986 we launched the new 4 Litre Sharpsafe to replace the very first sharpsafe launched 6 years earlier. This container included a flap in the lid allowing the container to be temporarily closed between procedures for extra safety.
Sharpsafe Mark 2 (1983)
In 1983 we introduced the mark 2 Sharpsafe 7 Litre to meet the demand for a larger sharps container to accompany the popular 4 Litre Sharpsafe.
This Sharpsafe was the first to include a flap in the lid allowing the container to be temporarily closed between procedures for extra safety.
Design Council Award
In 1982 Frontier Medical Products was presented with the Design Council Award to mark the selection of Sharpsafe for its excellence in design and in recognition of an outstanding product from British industry.
First Sharpsafe (1980)
The first Sharpsafe container rolled off the production line in 1980 replacing the traditional cardboard sharps container.
The 4 litre Sharpsafe was the world’s first purpose designed disposable plastic sharps container.