Medical Waste Disposal

WHAT TYPES OF REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE ARE ACCEPTED

  • Blood, Blood Products, Body Fluids
    Fluids must be contained in a sealed container to avoid seepage.
  • Sharps
    Needles and syringes, scalpel blades, glass pipettes, slides, etc. must be placed in a sharps container.
  • Laboratory Waste
    Cultures and stocks, test tubes.
  • Trace-Contaminated Chemotherapy Waste
    Empty drug vials, syringes and needles, spill kits, IV tubing and bags, contaminated gloves and gowns. Chemo sharps should first be put into a sharps container prior to placing them in the medical waste box.
  • Dialysis Tubing and Filters
    Dialyzers

WHAT TYPES OF WASTE ARE NOT ACCEPTED

  • Chemicals (bulk)
    Formaldehyde, acids, alcohol, waste oil, solvents, reagents, fixer developer.
  • Hazardous Waste
    Drums or other containers with a hazard or toxic warning symbol, batteries, heavy metals, etc.
  • Radioactive Waste
    Any container with a radioactivity level that exceeds regulatory or permitted limits; lead containing materials.
  • Human Remains
    Cadavers, aborted fetus.
  • Bulk Chemotherapy Waste
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
    Canisters, inhalers, and aerosol cans.
  • Glass Thermometers
    Or any other devices or solutions containing mercury

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