Generally, safely handling COVID-19 waste doesn’t require any special consideration beyond those that are currently in use to safeguard workers from hazards they encounter while managing wastewater and solid waste.
However, some territorial, tribal, local, or state health departments may have additional or different requirements for managing wastewater and solid waste related to COVID-19.
Here’s our simple guide to handling COVID-19 waste securely.
Waste produced at home
If you or someone in your home has contracted the coronavirus, it’s important to dispose of all COVID-19 waste carefully to protect other family members, sanitation workers, and the community in general. Here’s how to do it:
Don’t throw gloves, face masks, or other waste materials into the dustbin
Don’t throw used masks and gloves on the ground; always look for a trash receptacle
Sanitize surfaces like toilet handles, faucets, doorknobs, etc. by using disinfectant wipes
Sanitize your hands with a good sanitizer (that has at least 60% alcohol) or wash your hands frequently with a soap
Throw face masks, gloves, tissues, and other items in a garbage bag and seal it
Wash all clothing instantly after shopping
Wash all towels, bedding, and other personal hygiene items before using them again
Use PPE, safe work practices, and typical administrative and engineering controls like eye protection, face protection, and puncture-resistant gloves to prevent the exposure of workers to the streams of waste (or types of waste), including any contaminants within the materials. This would safeguard healthcare professionals from sharps and other dangerous items that can lead to exposure or cause injuries.
Medical-Systems offers biohazard waste disposal services in Denver
Medical-Systems specializes in compliantly collecting, transporting, treating, and disposing of biohazardous waste for healthcare facilities of all sizes. We’re the leader in biohazard waste removal services in Denver.