Is it against OSHA standards to open used sharps containers? Where I work the needle count is closely watched, as it is a very high security job. A lost needle could be detrimental to all staff. To help deter this the DON has decided when a needle leaves the medication room, taken to the units and used, dropped into a small portable sharps container...then it is to be brought back to the med room, where at that time 2 nurses are to open the sharps, account for the used needles and then they are to be dropped into a large sharps container. To my co-workers and myself we feel this is dangerous as well as being against OSHA standards.
Any one have any idea?