Environment of Care (EC) (Critical Access Hospitals / Critical Access Hospitals)
Q. Is there a requirement that sharps/needle boxes or containers be mounted on the wall in patient rooms? If so, what is the required height?
Mounting Sharps Boxes/Containers
Revised | March 09, 2009
A. The Joint Commission does not specify that sharps/needle boxes or containers need to wall mounted; nor does it specifiy the height at which they are to be mounted. Rather, it is up to the organization to perform a risk assessment to determine whether the selected placement of the wall mounted sharps container poses a risk to the occupants of the room. In addition to considering patient population, it also is important to consider whether visitors (perhaps with small children) could access the containers. Include input from infection control, risk management, and the safety officer in the risk assessment process. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provide further guidance for mounting heights based on application.