Isolyser®/SMS - Sharps Self-Disposal Products FAQ

Isolyser®/SMS® - Sharps Self-Disposal Products 

What is the Isolyser®/SMS® Sharps Management System? 

Isolyser/SMS is an in-office sharps treatment and disposal product used to properly dispose of needles, syringes, blades and other potentially infectious sharps.  Since 1989, thousands of medical, dental and veterinary offices have safely used Isolyser/SMS to store, treat and dispose of sharps. 

How does Isolyser®/SMS® work?

Using Isolyser/SMS is easy. Place needles, syringes, blades, endo files, broken carpules and other sharps in the Isolyser/SMS container, which is pre-filled with our patented liquid monomer. When full, add the two catalyst packets, this will activate the monomer, generate heat and solidify the sharps into a solid polymeric matrix.  Once solidified, the needles are encapsulated, rendered unusable, destroyed and safe for disposal in the regular trash.

Isolyser/SMS is the ideal disposal product for generators of relatively small amounts of sharps, including medical, dental and veterinary offices.

What are the key benefits of the Isolyser®/SMS® product?

  • Compliant and Easy to use
  • More convenient than old style collection service
  • Save Time and Money compared to a collection service
  • Consolidate suppliers; purchase Isolyser®/SMS® from your supply partner
  • Greater control; you decide when containers are full, not the pick-up company
  • Stop paying for disposal of half-empty containers
  • Better for the environment; much smaller Carbon Footprint than old-style waste collection, treatment and disposal services

Why is Isolyser®/SMS® better than a collection service?

Traditional waste pick-up companies use antiqued systems, including large dedicated trucks that generate a tremendous amount of pollution to collecting sharps waste. Couple that with the pollution associated with treating relatively small amounts of regulated waste and ultimately driving it to a disposal site and its easy to see there are many wasteful and expensive efficiencies in this process. The average sharps container is driven 100 miles BEFORE its treated and then another 50 miles to a disposal site. By comparison Isolyser/SMS is disposed of using transportation vehicles already visiting your office. Isolyser/SMS containers are driven about 50 miles before disposal, about 100 fewer miles per sharps container.

And, because sharps are treated in your office, potentially-infectious waste never leaves your practice.

Is the Isolyser®/SMS® Sharps Management System approved for use in my State?

YES. Isolyser/SMS or Isolyser/SMSm may be used in ALL 50 states; either by State Approval, Approval by Rule, Generator Application, Generator Obtained Permit or by using our Isolyser/SMSm Mail-back Disposal Products.

Disposal of activated Isolyser/SMS containers as “regular” office trash is allowed in the following States: AK, AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NE, NM, NV, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

How do I handle bloody gauze or 'red bag' medical waste?

The generally accepted standard for identifying medical waste is to answer the following question:

“Is the item saturated to the point where it would drip if compressed?”

If the answer is “no,” the waste is not considered biohazardous, and may be disposed in your regular trash.

If your office does generate medical waste, Isolyser/SMSm Red Bag disposal products are your best option for disposal. Order from your supply company and follow directions included with each kit.

What do I do with extracted teeth? 

First, determine whether the tooth contains dental amalgam. If so, disinfect and place amalgam-contaminated teeth in Amalgam Recycling & disposal product. 

Otherwise, place amalgam-free teeth in the Isolyser/SMS or Isolyser/SMSm container or give them to your patients. 

I have limited counter space; is a wall-mount available? 

Yes, locking wall mount units are available for the following containers: 

WMU800 – wall mount for Isolyser®/SMS® product: SRS800. 

WMU2400 – wall mount for Isolyser®/SMS® products: SMS2400, SMSm2400. 

WMU4000 – wall mount for Isolyser®/SMS® products: SMS4000, SMSm4000. 

Order locking wall mount units from us, Arch TECHNOCHEM, Inc.,  your supply Partner.  

The collection company says we're under contract. What are my options?

Disposal contracts include early termination provisions, which may include a fee. Most customers save more than enough to recoup termination fees within one year.

There are NO contracts with any products; use them because they're the best option for your business.

I misplaced my catalyst packets, what do I do?

Replacement catalyst packets can be purchased from us, Arch Technochem, Inc., your supply partner.

What Should I do if container doesn't solidify as per directions? 

In this highly unusual situation, follow these steps: 

  1. Make sure all powder from both catalyst packets (A & B) were emptied into the container. If not, add the remaining powder, shake and allow the time for the contents to activate and solidify.
  2. If both catalyst packets (A & B) were added, the directions were followed and the contents didn’t solidify then please call WasteWise at 866.436.9264
What is Prop 65 Warning?
Prop 65 Warning refers to a 1986 initiative approved by California voters. The law requires businesses to notify Californians if their products contain any of the 800 chemicals named by the State of California known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.  These warnings appear at all gas stations, grocery stores and even places like Starbucks Coffee.

As required by California Prop 65, we must inform you that our product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer. Click here for a complete list of chemicals included on the list:

Note that a Prop 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product safety standards or requirements. For more information, visit the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment website.

Where can I find MSDS for Isolyser/SMS?

You can download the Isolyser/SMS Material Safety Data Sheet HERE.