Clinical Medical Waste Management
(In Brief)

Sharps Waste

All Used Sharps Must Be Placed Into A Sharps Container At Point Of Generation (In Patient Room).  

**THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT SHARPS WASTE

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • RCRA Pharmaceuticals

  • Controlled Substances

  • Chemicals

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All Biohazardous Materials Must Be Placed Into A Lined Biohazard Container At Point Of Generation (In Patient Room).  

**THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT BIOHAZARD WASTE

  • Loose Sharps

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • RCRA Pharmaceuticals

  • Controlled Substances

  • Chemicals

During your accumulation period and prior to your scheduled service day, place closed sharps containers (no loose sharps) that are ready for disposal into the regulated medical waste (RMW) container. Additionally, remove red biohazard bags from the biohazard containers and place them into the regulated medical waste (RMW) container.

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Biohazard Waste

  • Placing sharps containers and biohazard bags from the point of generation (patient room) into the Regulated Medical Waste Container is the responsibility of the generator

  • Any sharps containers or biohazard waste that was not put into the Regulated Medical Waste Container prior to our arrival may be done so after our service as a part of your next accumulation period.

Pharmaceutical Waste

All Pharmaceuticals Must Be Placed Into A Pharmaceutical Waste Container At Point Of Generation (In Patient Room). 

**THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE

  • RCRA Pharmaceuticals

  • Controlled Substances

  • Chemicals

Once Ready For Disposal, Place Pharmaceutical Waste Containers Next To (NOT INSIDE OF) The Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Container To Be Picked Up During Your Scheduled Service Day. 

Sharps Waste: Any 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 (from health care use) 

  • Pipettes

  • Blood vials​​

Biohazardous Waste: Also known as "Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM)" is the portion of the healthcare wastestream that may be contaminated by Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP) including, but not limited to:

  • Blood

  • Bodily fluids

  • Semen & vaginal secretions

  • Cerebrospinal fluid

  • Synovial, pleural, pericardial, peritoneal and amniotic fluid,

  • Saliva in dental procedures

  • Any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood​

Pharmaceutical Waste: Any prescription or over-the-counter human or veterinary drug, including, but not limited to: 

  • Syringes w/residual pharmaceuticals

  • Pill Bottles

  • Pills

  • Dental Ampule

  • Medication Vials

  • Unused Medications

  • Expired Medications

  • Dietary Supplements and Vitamins

  • Anything with an NDC#​

All Used Sharps Must Be Placed Into A Sharps Container At Point Of Generation (In Patient Room).  

All Biohazardous Materials Must Be Placed Into A Lined Biohazard Container At Point Of Generation (In Patient Room).  

All Pharmaceuticals Must Be Placed Into A Pharmaceutical Waste Container At Point Of Generation (In Patient Room). 

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