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How do we handle controlled substances?2017-07-18T10:57:37-07:00
  • The facility is responsible for ensuring that controlled substances are non-retrievable.
  • Use a pharmaceutical waste container labeled “Incineration Only”.
  • DO NOT use a ‘sharps container’ solely intended for sharps waste.
  • Crush pills and squirt liquid controlled substances into the pharmaceutical waste container.
  • Please an absorbent material at the bottom of the pharmaceutical waste container to absorb any free flowing liquid.
How should Pharmaceutical Waste Containers be labeled?2017-07-18T10:56:41-07:00

The container shall be labeled with the words “HIGH HEAT” or “INCINERATION ONLY” to ensure proper treatment.

How do I package my sharps waste?2017-07-18T10:56:12-07:00

Step 1: Place sharps waste into a ‘sharps container’ that is a rigid puncture-resistant container designed for sharps waste. Do not allow loose sharps waste in any waste container other than a ‘sharps container’.

Step 2: Securely close the ‘sharps container’.

Step 3: Place disposable ‘sharps container’ in the red biohazard bag or place the ‘sharps container’ directly into the biohazardous waste container for the scheduled pickup.

What goes in a ‘sharps container’?2017-07-18T10:55:18-07:00

Sharps waste. “Sharps waste” means a device that has acute rigid corners, edges, or protuberances capable of cutting or piercing, including, but not limited to, hypodermic needles, hypodermic needles with syringes, blades, needles with attached tubing, acupuncture needles, root canal files, broken glass items used in health care such as Pasteur pipettes and blood vials contaminated with biohazardous waste, and any item capable of cutting or piercing.

  • DO NOT place pharmaceutical waste into a ‘sharps container’.
How should the (final) biohazard bag be marked?2017-07-18T10:54:21-07:00

The biohazard bag that is prepared for transport offsite shall be certified ASTM 1709 and ASTM 1922. Less stringent unmarked biohazard bags may be placed into the certified biohazard bag that is prepared for transport offsite. Only the final biohazard bag that is transported on the public road is required to be marked and certified ASTM 1709 and AST M 1922.

How do I package my red biohazard bag?2017-07-18T10:53:19-07:00

Step 1: Line your biohazardous waste container with the red biohazard bag prior to use.

Step 2: Tie the bag when the biohazardous waste container is full.

  • Each red biohazard bag must be hand tied by gathering and twisting the neck of the bag to create a single knot. Refer to poster.

Step 3: Secure the lid onto the biohazardous waste container.

  • Make sure all closure and/or locking mechanisms are engaged. Red biohazard bags must not be visible once the container is closed.
What DOES NOT go into a red biohazard bag?2017-07-18T10:51:09-07:00
  • Medical waste generators are legally responsible for packaging the medical waste; containers shall comply with USDOT requirements when prepared for transport offsite from the facility.
  • Medication, hazardous waste, radioactive waste, chemical waste, fixatives and preservatives
  • Compressed gas cylinders (it is hazardous waste – chemical propellant)
  • Loose sharps (loose sharps are disposed into a sharps container)
  • Biotech or food processing waste that does not contain a potentially infectious agent
  • Household waste, food, paper products, and solid waste (trash)
  • Urine, feces, saliva, sputum, nasal secretions, sweat, tears, or vomitus, unless it contains fluid blood
What goes in the red biohazard bag?2017-07-18T10:50:01-07:00
  • Visibly bloody gloves, plastic tubing, or personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Gauze, bandages, or other items saturated with blood
  • Securely closed disposable sharps container
What is “medical waste” or “potentially infectious” material?2017-07-18T10:44:00-07:00

“Medical waste” means any biohazardous, sharps, or pharmaceutical generated in a health care setting in the diagnosis, treatment, immunization, or care of humans or animals; waste generated in research pertaining to the production or testing of microbiologicals; waste generated in research using human or animal pathogens; sharps and laboratory waste that poses a potential risk of infection to humans and waste generated from the consolidation of home-generated sharps. It excludes hazardous waste and household waste.


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