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               STORAGE FACILITY SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN PLAN

 

A.          POLICY                     

SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN will be handled and transported in compliance with Section 381.0098, F.S. and Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code (FAC).

 

B.          DEFINITIONS

1.         SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN (BMW):  Any solid or liquid waste which may present a threat of infection to humans.  The term includes, but is not limited to, non-liquid human tissue and body parts, discarded sharps, human blood, human blood products, laboratory waste which contain human disease-causing agents, and body fluids.  The following are also included:

             

a)         Used absorbent materials saturated with blood, body fluids or excretions or secretions contaminated with blood and absorbent materials saturated with blood or blood products that have dried.  Absorbent material

                                      includes items such as, bandages, gauze and sponges.

b)         Non-absorbent disposable devices that have been contaminated with blood, body fluids, or blood-contaminated secretions or excretions and have not been sterilized or disinfected by an approved method.

 

2.         Body Fluids:  Those fluids which have the potential to harbor pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus and include lymph, semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal, synovial, pleural, pericardial and amniotic fluids.  Body excretions such as nasal discharges, saliva, sweat, tears, urine and vomitus shall not be treated as BMW unless visibly contaminated with blood.

 

3.         Sharps:  SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLANs which as a result of their physical characteristics are capable of puncturing, lacerating or otherwise breaking the skin when handled.

 

              4.         Types and sizes of containers to be stored:

Red Bags, Sharps Containers and Boxes --  All Sizes up to 30 Gallons.

 

  C.        Segregation and Handling  

1.         When filled, all sharps containers and red bags shall be sealed properly by the generator.  BMW will NOT be accepted for storage unless it has been properly segregated, packaged and labeled.

 

2.         No transfer of SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN from one transport vehicle to another is allowed unless the transfer occurs at a permitted storage or treatment facility.  Intermodal transfers of BMS are allowed provided transport shipping seals remain intact.

           

 

D.        Co-Mixing

1.         All BMW which is mixed with hazardous waste shall be managed as hazardous waste.  All BMW which is mixed with radioactive waste shall be managed as radioactive waste. All solid waste, other than hazardous and radioactive, mixed with SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN shall be managed as BMW.

           

E.         Labeling

1.         BMW shall be labeled prior to transport off-site at the generating facility Labeling shall be securely attached or permanently printed on each bag and sharps container and be clearly legible and easily readable.  The following information shall be included in the labeling:

 

a) Facility name and address.

a) The international biological hazard symbol. Symbol diameter must be at least 6 inches for bags 19” x 14” and larger and at least 1” in diameter on all bags smaller than 19” x 14” and on all sharps containers.

b) The phrase “SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN”, “Infections Waste”, “Biohazardous Waste”, “Biohazard” or “Infections Substance”.

 

2.         If a bag or sharps container is placed into a larger bag prior to transport, the label for the exterior bag shall comply with paragraph 1.  The inner bags and inner sharps containers are exempt from paragraph 1a.

 

3.         The exterior of each transport container shall be labeled with the transporter’s name, address and 4-digit state registration number and the 24-hour phone number prior to transport.  The transporter may provide labels for bags or sharps containers that are generator-specific, such as bar codes or specific container numbers.

 

4.         All transport vehicles containing MW shall be visibly identified with the business name, 4-digit state registration number, a 24-hour telephone number and placards showing the phrase and international biological hazard symbol. The symbol must be at least 6” in diameter.

 

F.         Training

1.         All employees must receive BMW training prior to commencement of duties and be updated yearly.   Employee training shall detail compliance with our operating plan and Chapter 64E-16, FAC and in relation to BMW shall include:

 

a. Identification

b. Transport

c. Segregation

d. Handling

e. Treatment

f. Labeling

g. Storage

h. Procedures for decontaminating spills and leaks.

i. Contingency plans for emergencies.

 

2.         Documentation must be provided to show that employees have been properly trained. Documentation of employee training is located at:

            WWW.SHARPSCONTAINERS.ORG

                                                                                               

            G.        Procedures for Decontaminating SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN Spills

1.         If there is an accident that results in a spill of BMW the County Health Department shall be notified within one (01) working day by telephone and a follow-up report shall be submitted in writing to the County Health Department within ten (10) days.

 

2.         Surfaces contaminated with spilled or leaked BMW shall be decontaminated as part of the cleaning process.  The procedure for this is: 

             Saturate with Tuburculine Disinfectant; absorb with Kitty Litter; sweep into dust pan; place in Red Bag then Sharps Container; dry surface with paper towel to be placed in Red Bag and Sharps Container.

 

3.         Liquid BMW created by these disinfection operations may be disposed of into an approved sewage system.

 

4.         The disinfectant utilized is:   VIRAGUARD

 

5.         Personal protective equipment, disinfectant and/or spill kits are located at:         

            SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN (BMW).

 

H.        Storage of BMW

1.         BMW can be stored in the storage facility up to 30 days and stored in the transport vehicle longer than 72 hours requires a storage permit.  A location other than the transport vehicle where BMW is stored for longer than 72 hours must be permitted by DOH as a storage facility.

 

2.         No registered transporter shall knowingly deliver BMW for storage of treatment to a facility which does not have a valid permit issued by the County Health Department.

 

3.         Storage of BMW in a place other than at the gererating facility shall not exceed 30 days.  The 30 day storage period shall begin on the day the waste is collected from the generator.

 

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I. Treatment of BMW

1. SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN shall be treated by steam, incineration or an alternative process approved by DOH.

 

  2. BMW will be taken to the following treatment facility:           

 

                            3.  Method of treatment at above facility: 

 

J.         Contingency Plan for Emergencies

                        1.         If we are unable to serve our clients, we will do the following:

 

4. In case of an emergency situation, including mechanical failure, the following shall be allowed:

a) If an emergency occurs during transport, BMW may be transferred to another transport vehicle, including a rental vehicle, without being at a storage or treatment facility.

b) If a rental vehicle is used, the County Health Department shall be notified of its use on the first working day after the emergency.  A copy of the written authorization from the rental agency stating awareness of the intended use of the vehicle shall be submitted to the County Health Department within 7 days.  The rental vehicle must meet all the label/placard requirements stated in E.4 of this plan.

c) BMW shall be removed and transported to a permitted storage or treatment facility within 24 hours of the emergency.

d) Before return to the rental agency, the vehicle shall be decontaminated.

 

K.         Records

1.         All BMW records are kept for at least 3 years and shall be available for review by the County Health Department.

2.         Each generator will be provided with a receipt of pick-up (Manifest).

3.         BMW records are located at:  WWW.SHARPSMD.NET.

            (These records include:  approximate quantity by weight collected in a given month, where and from whom the waste was collected, where the waste was taken and receipts, and other written materials, documenting where all SHARPS CONTAINER DISPOSAL PLAN was stored and treated.)

 

 

 

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For more information:

 

· Call your local solid waste department or public health department to determine the correct disposal method for your area.

·    Ask your health care provider or local pharmacist if they offer disposal, or if they know of safe disposal programs in the area.

·    Contact SHARPS MD  at 877-950-9222. Ask about the availability of safe disposal programs in your area or for information on setting up a community disposal program. Visit the States page of EPA's Wastes Web site for links to state health and solid waste/sanitation department contacts.

·    Visit the Center for Disease Control's Safe Community Needle Disposal  Web site. This easy-to-use Web site is designed for anyone interested in safe needle disposal. It provides state-by-state and territory-by-territory summaries of the laws and regulations affecting the labeling, transportation, and disposal of used needles and other sharps in the community.

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