About us

Daniels began operations in Canada in late 2001 in a Joint Venture with Medical Waste Management (MWM), a leading medical waste collection and treatment company in Ontario.

Overall the hospital is extremely happy with Sharpsmart in all of its applications.
Tom Meevis
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, Environmental Affairs Coordinator

Global search identifies the safest system

MWM had conducted a comprehensive global search to identify the safest and most environmentally responsible sharps containment systems possible. After investigating dozens of companies, systems and containers, MWM joined with Daniels and introduced the Sharpsmart system to the Ontario hospital market.

Ontario hospitals quick to respond

Daniels Sharpsmart system has been so well received by Ontario hospitals that individual sites literally lined up to trial and implement the unique system. Never before had Canadian hospitals seen such a safe, environmentally sound and cost effective program for sharps disposal. Ontario hospitals were the first in North America to access the safety benefits of the Sharpsmart system.

Sharpsmart - the only acceptable standard

Typically, hospitals initiate the Sharpsmart system after a short trial period in three or four heavy sharps usage areas, such as O.R., E.R., Dialysis, I.C.U., C.P.U. and / or heavy traffic wards. Through the trial period, comprehensive ongoing training is provided to department staff by Sharpsmart Client Care Managers. Hospital staff whose personal safety depends on high quality sharps disposal systems, quickly adopt Sharpsmart as the ONLY acceptable standard. To date there has not been a trial that has not resulted in a full facility implementation.


Daniels History

Daniels was founded in 1986 by innovator and entrepreneur Dan Daniels, and was one of the first companies in the world to provide reusable sharps containers to healthcare facilities. In 1996, Daniels' team of engineers and scientists began a Research & Development project to address the growing need for a safer system for disposing of sharps.

A challenging project

Daniels canvassed hospital staff worldwide to come up with an affordable system that met all the needs of healthcare workers. Hospital staff responded by setting a hard task; asking for an ‘intelligent’ system that had inbuilt passive safety, prevented overfilling and stopped children getting their hands in. Staff also wanted a system that could manage large, bulky sharps and that was leak-proof, puncture-proof and tamper-proof once closed.

Environmental concerns

Because of concern for the environment, Daniels had already been using reusable sharps containers for several years and this experience now became invaluable because a system that incorporated all of the tough requirements demanded by healthcare workers would require components too expensive to be simply used once and then destroyed. However, hospitals and regulatory authorities also insisted that a reusable system required processing by a fully-automatic, robotic washer-sanitizer.

A successful and effective result

After 5 years of research, development and trials the Sharpsmart system had been refined so that it not only met all of the requirements demanded by healthcare workers, but also significantly reduced sharps injuries. In 2003, results from the largest international study of sharps containment systems was published in the British Journal of Hospital Infection, showing that the Sharpsmart system achieved an average 33% reduction in total sharps injuries in hospitals where it had been introduced.

International success

The Sharpsmart system is now used in several thousand healthcare facilities in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, South Africa and New Zealand. It is the most widely used reusable sharps containment system in the world.

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