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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cindy Granier
Administrative Assistant
713-743-0612
cgranier@central.uh.edu

Sharps Containers Installed in Buildings Across Campus

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Houston, Sept. 25, 2015 — The UH Department of Public Safety and Environmental Health and Life Safety, in partnership with the Provost Office and Facilities Services, have launched a program to place wall-mounted sharps containers in high public use buildings on campus.

"Sharps" is a common term given to needles and syringes that may be used by the general population for personal medical conditions. These items can pose a puncture hazard if not disposed of properly. Sharps containers are solid plastic containers where a person can safely dispose of a used needle or syringe.

Facilities Services has placed these containers in selected men’s and women's restrooms, along with an identifying sign for each location. The

UH commuity is encouraged to take advantage of these wall-mounted units and dispose of any sharps in them and not in regular trash containers.

The first sharps container unit installed in each building is usually installed in the first floor restrooms so it is more accessible to the public. The buildings where they have been installed include:

  • M.D. Anderson Library
  • Cougar Village 1
  • Cougar Village 2
  • Cougar Place Residential Hall
  • Cambridge Oaks
  • Calhoun Lofts
  • Moody Towers Residence Hall
  • University Center
  • University Center Satellite
  • Campus Recreation Center
  • Bruce Religion Center
  • Welcome Center
  • General Services Building
  • E. Cullen Building
  • Optometry Building
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Fresh Food Dining Hall
  • Cougar Woods Dining Hall

Anyone who notices that a sharps container has become full can report it to Environmental Health and Life Safety at 713-743-5858 or ehs@uh.edu so that it can be disposed of properly and replaced.


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