|Document ID (ISN)||59755|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
|Convention or series no.
||Emery R., Sprau D., Lao Y.J., Pryor W.
||Release of bacterial aerosols during infectious waste compaction - An initial hazard evaluation for healthcare workers
||May 1992, Vol.53, No.5, p.339-345. Illus. 10 ref.
||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.
||disposal of harmful waste; bacterial toxins; waste disposal; compacting presses; aerosols
||laboratories; description of equipment; experimental determination; design of equipment; hospitals
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Dust, aerosols and related diseases
|Broad subject area(s)
||Waste collection and disposal