Dispose of Waste Properly

Ranging from traditional waste and recycling in common areas to biohazardous waste in patient rooms, EVS technicians must use proper procedures to safely and efficiently manage waste.

Waste containers should be placed near entrances and in common areas, including healthcare facility entrances, waiting rooms, and patient check-ins, as well as within patient rooms. Two touch-free containers per patient room are recommended, one for general waste and another for hazardous waste.

MINIMIZE EXPOSURE TO HARMFUL PATHOGENS

The CDC recommends touch-free containers for managing hazardous waste.

1. Utilize red, leak-proof, puncture-resistant containers for medical waste.

2. Wear gloves when handling medical waste.

3. Avoid touching container contents when emptying.

HOW TO EMPTY AND CLEAN STEP-ON CONTAINERS

1. Pull edges of liner bag together, fully closing the liner bag prior to removing from the container.

2. Secure liner bag with a knot and place in the appropriate collection bin.

3. Inspect the container inside and out for any visible soil or spillage. Remove visible soil using a microfiber cloth.

4. Wipe down the container with an EPA approved disinfectant, ensuring all critical touch areas are disinfected.

5. Insert a new liner bag.

HELPFUL TIPS

BEST PRACTICES FOR MANAGING BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE IN HEALTHCARE

Managing biohazardous waste in a healthcare facility requires EVS technicians to follow careful procedures to reduce the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Outlined below are the four steps to managing biohazardous waste.

 

COLLECTION

Containers must remain closed and prevent fluid leakage. They must be labeled or color-coded in accordance with the State Department of Health requirements. Facilities can use red containers and red waste liners or can apply approved biohazard warning labels to all containers.

MOVEMENT

Custodians and other healthcare personnel should wear proper PPE when managing biohazardous waste. In transit, the waste needs to be kept in red, puncture-resistant containers.

STORAGE

Medical waste requiring storage should be kept in red, leak-proof, puncture-resistant containers. The storage area should be well-ventilated to prevent odors and be inaccessible to pests.

DISPOSAL

Healthcare facilities must dispose of medical waste regularly. Common ways to dispose of waste include: incineration, steam sterilization, microwave treatment or chemical disinfection. Disposal can be done offsite or onsite depending on state regulation.

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