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Now last but not least, when it comes to work practice controls,
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sometimes we skip over the laundering procedures.
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And this is really important.
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Again, nursing homes, adult foster care, hospitals,
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but really any workplace that actually has laundering service on the premises should be aware of this.
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That whenever you have laundry, non-disposable supplies that are going to be cleaned,
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you may do so.
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But remember, if it is enough blood that you can ring it out, or flake it off,
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it is a controlled substance in regards to regulated waste,
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and we need to make sure that we're laundering it, cleaning it, or disposing of it properly.
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If we're gonna throw it away, it needs to go into a leak-proof container, sealed up with a marked bio-hazard label on it.
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If it is going to be something that's going to be just trace amounts of blood,
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you're going to throw it away.
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Regulation states that you can throw it in a normal trash can, but then tie it up and throw it away.
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I still encourage you to mark it with a bio-haz label for the poor waste management people
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that are gonna be touching it, or potentially have it break open.
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Use common sense.
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But if you can ring it out, or flake it off when it's dry,
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it's regulated waste, and it's gotta go into the proper container.
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When you launder specific items, there are several things you need to be aware of.
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We need to make sure that it is going into a container that is leak proof,
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that is not going to be contaminated with clean laundry or non-regulated laundry.
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Once the laundry is separated, it is not to be unfolded or messed with, a lot.
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You're just going to put on your personal protective equipment,
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put the laundry into the washing machine,
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wash it with the appropriate decontaminating solutions,
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and then once it's completely through the cycle,
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now it's considered clean again, and can be reentered into the clean laundry system.
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Make sure that you're following the proper procedures though,
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so that you don't contaminate clean laundry with regulated laundry.
Laundry and Hazardous Disposal Training Summary:
Items like sheets must be disposed of or cleaned properly. If disposed of, the item must be placed into a leak proof container with a bio-hazard label on it. If laundered, assure the item is placed into a leak proof container separate from other clean laundry or laundry that has not been exposed to infectious materials. Once separated, the laundry should not be unfolded, just placed into a washing machine with the proper decontamination solution. Also, the needle stick prevention act requires appropriate disposal of needles in puncture proof containers, never recap or bend needles.