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Document ID (ISN)103681
CIS number 04-713
ISSN - Serial title 0373-1944 - Travail et sécurité
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ravallec C.
Title Health care wastes that present infectious hazards - Waste disposal system
Original title Déchets d'activités de soins à risque infectieux - La filière d'élimination [in French]
Bibliographic information July-Aug. 2004, No.642, p.28-39. Illus.
Internet access http://www.travail-et-securite.fr/ArchivesTS/ArchivesTS.nsf/(allDocParRef)/TS642page29_1/$File/TS642page29.pdf?OpenElement [in French]
Abstract Health care wastes that present infectious hazards are an important public health issue. These potentially contaminated wastes are generated during medical or veterinary activities, and may expose persons handling or otherwise coming into contact with them to biological hazards such as HIV, HBV or HCV. Approximately 155,000 tons of these wastes are generated each year in France. Their disposal requires the involvement of specialized waste disposal enterprises, which apply strict traceability controls at each step. Precautions need to be taken starting from the time the wastes are generated. They need to be placed in suitable packaging according to the type of waste and the hazard it involves. Separation should be carried out at the source. Intermediate storage of these packages should be in containers placed in a suitable area that satisfies precise criteria. Waste collection should be carried out by persons specially trained with respect to biological hazards. Important precautionary measures should be taken during the incineration of these wastes. Empty containers should be washed and disinfected before being re-introduced into the collection cycle.
Descriptors (primary) disposal of harmful waste; biological hazards; veterinary services; health services
Descriptors (secondary) injection injuries; France; warning notices; infectious hepatitis; immunodeficiency syndrome; contagion
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Waste collection and disposal
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)