From handle definition | Dictionary.com
to touch, pick up, carry, or feel with the hand or hands; use the hands on; take hold of.
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Needlestick injuries occur during certain situations:
-when sharps are disposed of improperly
-during collision with a sharp or with a health care worker handling the sharp
What is the meaning of "handle" in this context?
- to dispose of
- to use
Soup has provided a good definition of 'handle'. The reason the verb is used in this context is that the health care worker could be preparing the sharp (usually a hypodermic needle), giving someone an injection, taking a blood sample or disposing of the used needle. All of these actions involve 'handling' the sharp.