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Sharps & Waste Safety for Building Services and Grounds Employees . Radiological Environmental Management -July 2007-. Sharps Awareness!.
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Radiological Environmental Management -July 2007-
*Items that are capable of puncturing, cutting, or abrading the skin:
-broken plastic pipettes
-broken petri dishes
-hypodermic needles, etc.
*Microscopic organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause infection and illness in people, plants, and animals.
The symbol below is a biohazard warning!
These symbols can be seen on different types of containers, refrigerators, and freezers.
*Any material that has been used or contaminated with biohazardous agents.
*using personal protective equipment
*reviewing hazard assessments
*following instructions provided by their supervisors
These sharps are not to be disposed of in regular trash!!
Note: along with the normal office-type trash, the following slides contain materials that CAN be disposed of in the regular trash.
Pipette tips can be disposed in the regular trash if they are not contaminated with chemical or biohazardous materials. However, these are better disposed in a sealed cardboard box.
Laboratory related gloves can be disposed in the regular trash as well if they are also not contaminated.
Plastic vials (such as Eppendorf tubes) can be disposed in the regular trash as long as they are empty and not contaminated.
Any uncontaminated glass bottles can be disposed of in the regular trash as long as they are not contaminated or broken. These bottles must be labeled with a yellow REM triple rinse sticker. However, these are better disposed in a sealed cardboard box.
When the box is ready to be removed it must be taped shut and labeled as glass.
Note: Do not process any trash containers that have the following materials. Leave them in place and notify your supervisor.
Syringes that do not have an attached needle are category 2 ‘look-a-like’ waste and should never be disposed with regular trash. Syringes with needles must be disposed in an appropriate sharps container.
Biohazard bags should never be disposed in the regular trash. This also applies to biohazard labeled sharps containers.
Chemicals should never be disposed in the regular trash as well. All chemicals are processed and disposed through the REM hazardous waste program.
Loose needles, glass slides, razors, broken glass or plastic pipettes should never be disposed in regular trash.
Unknown liquids, powders, or solids:
Do not dispose these types of materials as they may be hazardous chemicals. Do not clean-up any unknown spilled liquids, powders, or solids. Contact your supervisor so that the appropriate disposal techniques will be used.
Look a-like waste:
This type of waste can be any disposable lab or medical related equipment/material that have the appearance of being contaminated with biohazards or chemicals. However, because it can be mistaken for hazardous material REM is responsible for its removal.
Chemical: Adam Krajicek - firstname.lastname@example.org
Biohazards: Bob Golden - email@example.com