When not properly controlled and disposed of, infectious waste can pose a real threat to your employees, visitors and clients. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to protect your team and keep your facility safe and clean.
Infectious waste should be collected frequently so overflow is never a concern. The waste should always be moved in a lidded container, and receptacles should be stored away from common areas to reduce the risk of exposure to employees, patients and the public. Separate your infectious waste from other waste streams, and keep it at least five feet away from other trash. To make separation easy, designate storage areas on each floor of your facility for medical waste.
Protect your employees by providing eye coverings, gloves and gowns. Shoe covers are also highly recommended to prevent exposure through splashing, and antibacterial soap should be made readily available for cleanup following transport.
Every pieces of waste in your facility should be treated as though it is contaminated, and employees who handle waste should be outfitted in personal protective equipment at all times. Taking these steps can stop the spread of infection and reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections in patients and staff.