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Policies & Procedures: Proper disposal of Hazardous Waste

By brian barrick
October 18, 2012

There are several ways that you can properly dispose of hazardous waste that comes from an assisted living facility.  The first way is to make sure that the hazardous waste is put into a bag that cannot be ripped or torn for any reason.  This means that the bag needs to have the ability not to leak if it is going to be in a certain area for a long period of time.  If you do not have a bag that is going to be big enough for all of the hazardous waste then you can put it into a container.

The second way is to make sure that when you are working at an assisted living facility to mark the bag or the container so that anyone that is going to come in the contact with the hazardous waste so going to know exactly what it is.  You do not want someone to put themselves in danger because they do not know that a bag or container that they have touched has hazardous waste in it.  This is also going to be helpful for you since you are not going to get trash and the hazardous waste confused at any time.

The third way is to make sure while you are working at the assisted living facility that you make sure that the container or bag that you have put the hazardous materials into is going to be tightly sealed.  This is going to help to make sure that the container or bag is not going to leak for any reason.  This is going to be very important when you are more than likely going to be working with older people that do not need to get sick when they have been exposed to some of these hazardous wastes.

The fourth way is to make sure that there is no chance of anyone who works or lives in the assisted living facility is going to be contaminated with the hazardous wastes for any reason.  This means that you are going to need to use something that it is made just for the hazardous wastes when you are going to be storing the hazardous waste for a long period of time.  Most of the time, you are going to be able to find these materials at your local drugstore or at the the place where you buy your medical supplies.

The fifth way is that you can take the hazardous waste from your assisted living facility to the local landfill if it has an area just for hazardous waste.  This is the main reason that you are going to need to make sure that the bag or container that you put the hazardous waste in does not leak for any reason.  You do not want the hazardous waste to leak into the environment or the ground.  This is because the people who live around the landfill might be exposed to the hazardous waste that could make them very sick later.

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