Quarter 4 2008 Self-Inspection: Disposal of Laboratory Generated Waste

Posted 7:30 AM, December 1, 2008, by yemoto

The special topic for Quarter 4 is DISPOSAL OF LABORATORY GENERATED WASTE, where we will review definitions and proper disposal of laboratory waste.

This is an opportunity to review disposal practices, implement the new items; complete self-inspections by December 31, 2008.

Over the past few months all School of Medicine have been visited by Santa Clara County for Medical Waste and many for Hazardous Materials and Waste. During the inspections new items relating to waste generated by laboratories have been raised.

  • Definition, Types, Disposal of Hazardous Waste
  • Spill Reporting and Response – Review procedure on poster
  • Qiagen Kits and “Non-Hazardous” Buffers - Some of the components contain materials that are hazardous by definition; make sure that the wastes are disposed of properly. "BUFFERS" are not always non-hazardous!
  • Autoclave Tape contains lead and should not be disposed of in the trash. Are you managing your used tape properly?
  • Medical Waste: Red Biohazard Bag Use and Secondary Containment
  • Chemical Safety Training Module – Review information and responsibilities, if needed.
  • Review 2008 Regulatory Inspections Findings

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