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Guide to Healthcare Waste Segregation

October 25, 2020

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A Facility’s Guide to Healthcare Waste Segregation

A Guide to Healthcare Waste Segregation. There are many different types of medical waste that is generated in the healthcare environment, and critical protocols have been established to protect patients, healthcare providers, the

community and the environment. The guidelines established by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) compliment those that have been established by local and state regulations for waste segregation and disposal. Waste segregation is the first action for proper medical waste disposal and involves the type of waste as well as specific identifiers.

Medical Waste Types:

Medical Waste Segregation

Separation and containment of medical waste is reliant upon the proper containers and identification of contents. Training and education of staff on the use of each container type will avoid errors that can put people, the community, and the environment at risk for contamination.

Training and Storage

All healthcare facility staff should be trained and educated on the various types of medical waste protocols for disposal and what items are acceptable in each of the containers and bags. All medical waste containers and bags should be easily identifiable. Compliance is required for the handling and storage of each type of medical waste container according to regulations. When preparing the containers for pickup by a medical waste disposal company, containers should be placed in a safe place that is inaccessible to the general public or staff. Containers and bags should be protected from damage or spillage prior to pick up.

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