#2 – Infectious and Non-infectious waste disposal

We generate an unbelievable amount of trash. When you arrive, make sure none of the trash containers need emptying. Be sure you are wearing gloves! Our cleaning service empties all the trash Monday through Friday evenings. Most waste is no more infectious than your trash at home but, infectious waste requires special treatment.

Infected waste is defined as: 1. Needles and other sharp objects (sutures, blades, syringes, glass carpules, endo reamers/broaches/files, ortho wires, burs, broken instruments, etc.) surgical burs 2. Any blood soaked (dripping) gauze, etc. 3. Extracted teeth, tissue, etc. This infected waste is kept in a red Biohazard container.

This container must be 1. Closable, rigid, impervious to moisture 2. Leak proof on sides and bottom, sealable 3. Have a universal Biohazard label 4. Puncture resistant and tear resistant under normal use

Sharps are removed from the operatory. Don’t cut, bend, break, or recap the used needles. If you want to recap a needle, place the cap on the counter and push the needle into the cap. Never hold the cap and place the needle into it. Don’t carry the uncovered needle to the back area. Then bring the entire tray to the back counter. All sharps go into the sharps container. When the sharps container is 75% full remove for disposal and place lid on and lock into place. All biohazard containers are put in the cardboard box located: _________________when they are full. Once a month our hazardous waste removal company will dispose of it for us, and replace it with an empty one. If you notice the box starting to fill up, please notify someone at the front desk to call for a pick up.

Procedure for Infectious Waste Disposal: All infectious waste must (federal regulations) be recorded in a notebook. Record the transporter’s name, address, state permit, date of shipment, contents of shipment, contents of medical waste container, and shipping instructions. Be sure to get the signature of the transporter’s representative. This log must be maintained for three years.

Amalgam scrap is stored in a container holding x-ray fixer. When we have about ¼ pound, we send it to a smelter. Never put amalgam waste in regular or infectious waste garbage. Never flush it down the drain. Chairside assistant has read and routinely applies information in this section.

Signed off by: _______________ on ______________