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Packaging sharp units

Sharp items include any product that has a sharp or pointed edge that, when exposed, presents a safety hazard to associates, carriers or customers receiving or unpacking the product. Sharp items must be packaged so that the sharp or pointed edge will not become exposed during the normal course of order fulfilment (i.e. receipt, stocking, shipment preparation and transit to the customer). Any sharp items that pose a safety risk may be rejected at the dock, and subsequently returned at seller's expense.

To provide the safest packaging, pack sharp items in a blister pack. The blister pack must cover the sharp edge and must be securely fastened to the item so that the item does not slide around within the blister pack.

An example of good packaging where the items are in fully enclosed stiff plastic packaging and are fastened securely to the footprint.

Sharp items secured to a footprint and wrapped in plastic may also be allowed, provided that the item is secured to the footprint (i.e. it does not slide around), the plastic is rigid enough to withstand handling and exterior contact does not cause the sharp item to perforate the plastic.

An example of bad packaging where exposed sharp items are in an open-faced box presenting a safety hazard. An example of good packaging where the items are fastened within a sealed container, without an open-face or exposed product.

Sharp items contained in molded footprints with plastic coverings are not typically safe and are not recommended.

Cardboard or plastic sheaths alone on the sharp blade are not sufficient, unless the sheath is made of a rigid, durable plastic and is secured to the product so that it cannot slide off.

An example of bad packaging where the sharp edge is exposed, creating a safety hazard.

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