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Document ID (ISN)59755
CIS number 93-673
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Emery R., Sprau D., Lao Y.J., Pryor W.
Title Release of bacterial aerosols during infectious waste compaction - An initial hazard evaluation for healthcare workers
Bibliographic information May 1992, Vol.53, No.5, p.339-345. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract Compaction of infectious waste is not currently used in healthcare institutions and biomedical research laboratories because the process may lead to the release of infectious aerosols. To determine whether bacterial releases can be adequately controlled by a compaction device specially designed for the task, a prototype infectious waste compactor was challenged by compressing waste containing known quantities of indicator bacteria. Samples were collected to monitor bacterial releases and surface contamination. The data collected from this initial evaluation show that indicator bacteria were released from the unit. Modifications to the design and operation of this type of compactor are proposed as suggestions that may improve system performance relating to the health and safety of workers. A critical review of the experimental procedures used in the study is also included.
Descriptors (primary) disposal of harmful waste; bacterial toxins; waste disposal; compacting presses; aerosols
Descriptors (secondary) laboratories; description of equipment; experimental determination; design of equipment; hospitals
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal