Unless proper precautions are taken during the routine handling of bags of solid waste while removing them from waste receptacles, staff may unknowingly be exposed to blood borne pathogens and hazardous chemicals. Though prohibited by regulations, potentially hazardous and infectious wastes periodically find their way into solid waste disposal containers. These wastes may be in the form of contaminated sharps, either needles or broken glass, or liquid chemicals.
To reduce the possibility of exposure to these potential health concerns, the following guidelines should be followed when handling plastic bags of waste:
If you have questions regarding Solid Waste handling, contact the Director of Environmental Management.