Health & Safety
MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN
Person responsible for implementation of plan:
Types of wastes generated:
Estimate of monthly quantity generated: 75 pounds.
*Biosafety Level 4 viruses and diseases are: Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever, Tick-borne encephalitis virus complex (Absettarov, Hanzalova, Hypr, Kumlinge, Kyasanur Forest disease, Omsk hemorrhagic fever, and Russian Spring-Summer encephalitis), Marburg disease, Ebola, Junin virus, Lassa fever virus, Machupo virus.
Method of treatment performed on site:
Describe the following methods used for medical waste:
Segregation from other wastes: Medical Waste is segregated from all other wastes at the point of origin and during storage.
Containment or packaging procedures: Biohazardous waste is contained in red biohazard bags, which meet the 165 gram dropped dart impact resistant test. The medical waste containers are leak resistant, have tight-fitting lids and are clean and in good repair. Sharps waste is contained in rigid, puncture-resistant, leak-resistant sharps containers.
Labeling procedures: Biohazardous wastes are labeled “BIOHAZARD” with the international biohazard symbol. Sharps waste is labeled “Sharps Waste” with the international biohazard symbol.
Collection procedures: In areas other than the Microbiology Lab, generation of medical waste is sporadic. This waste is collected immediately by custodial staff and transported to the microbiology biohazard collection site in BL-111. As a routine operation, medical waste containers are checked weekly by the Dean of Mathematics and Science, the Director of the Student Health Services, and the Director of the Children’s Center, or his/her designee. If the containers have medical waste, the Custodial Supervisor will be notified immediately to remove the waste to the microbiology biohazard collection site in B1-111. Biohazardous waste is then steam sterilized within seven days.
The biohazardous medical waste generated in the microbiology lab is collected in biohazard bags and treated by autoclaving when the bag is full or within seven days, which ever comes first.
Sharps wastes are separated as: sharps contaminated with biohazardous waste and sharps that are not contaminated with biohazardous waste. The biohazardous waste sharps are collected in sharps containers and treated by steam sterilization (autoclaving) within 7 days of the container reaching full, after which the containers are disposed of as solid waste. The non-biohazard-contaminated sharps are collected in sharps containers and disposed of as solid waste.
Collection of any medical waste that might be generated by the Children’s Center located at 9375 Feron, Rancho Cucamonga, will follow the same guide lines as above. The custodial supervisor will be notified immediately to transport the waste to the microbiology biohazard collection site in B1-111. As a routine operation, medical waste containers are checked weekly by the Director of the Children’s Center or her designee.
Storage Methods (including duration and temperature controls): Biohazardous medical waste and sharps waste (after reaching capacity) are stored at room temperature for less than 7 days. Only authorized individuals have access to the secure, storage areas. The areas are marked clearly with warning signs on the exterior door reading in English and Spanish “CAUTION-BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE AREA-UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS KEEP OUT!” The sign is legible from 25 feet. The storage area is not accessible to animals or destructive natural elements.
Disinfection procedures (containers, wastes, linen): The reusable biohazardous medical waste containers are decontaminated with a bleach solution (500 ppm solution) after each use following the manufacture’s recommendations for disinfecting.
Treatment methods: Medical waste from the microbiology program is treated via steam sterilization and then disposed of as solid waste. Sharps wastes are separated as: sharps contaminated with biohazardous waste and sharps that are not contaminated with biohazardous waste. Tthe biohazardous waste sharps are collected in sharps containers and treated by steam sterilization (autoclaving) within 7 days of the container reaching full, after which the containers are disposed of as solid waste. The non-biohazardous-contaminated sharps are collected in sharps containers and disposed of as solid waste.
All other waste from the Health Sciences as well as from the Student Health Services and the Children Center is collected in biohazardous bags and treated via steam sterilization within seven days of collection and disposed of as solid waste.
Standard operating procedures are written and posted in BL-111 near the steam sterilizer and include the use of heat-sensitive tape on each bag. A spore indicator (Bacillus sterothermophilus) is used once per month by placing at the center of a load that is processed under standard conditions to confirm attainment of adequate sterilization conditions. The records for these tests are maintained in BL-111 for three years. A recording of each run showing attainment of 121 degrees Celsius for at least one-half hour is maintained for three years. STERIS, under the conditions of our maintenance contract, checks thermometers at least annually. Records of the calibration checks are maintained in BL-111 for three years.
In event of an Emergency (treatment system breaks down, hauler unable to pick up waste, spill, etc.): In the event of a biohazardous spill, all areas will clean and disinfect the infectious body fluid spills or biohazardous medical waste materials using a biohazardous decontamination kits approved by OSHA, CDC and NCCLS. All involved staff will receive biohazardous decontamination procedure training annually.
The largest autoclave used on campus is the one in Beeks Laboratory which contains the microbiology lab. This equipment is under maintenance contract with STERIS and receives regular maintenance. In the event of a breakdown, STERIS responds within two days and repairs the equipment. In the event of a total breakdown, a replacement machine would be purchased immediately and in the interim, medical waste will be picked up by Stericycle, Inc. (located at 2775 E 26th Street Vernon, CA 90023).
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