Medical Waste Technical Assistance Survey, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
AIR FORCE OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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At the request of the USAF Medical CenterSG, Keesler AFB, the AFOEHL conducted a medical waste technical assistance survey at Keesler AFB KAFB from 26-31 March 1190. The scope of this survey was to evaluate both hazardous and infectious waste management practices, waste streams, and waste minimization. The survey team performed a section-by-section evaluation of waste management practices and met with the hospitals hazardous and, infectious waste managers. The results of our survey show that the Medical Center needs to formalize its waste management program. Recommendations include 1 Dispose of all excess chemicals properly. 2 Order the required respirators for antineoplastic spill cleanup. 3 Place sharps containers where needed. 4 Have Housekeeping remove all infectious waste. 5 Dont store food trays with infectious waste. 6 Place red bags in wastebaskets. 7 The hospital should not be an accumulation point for hazardous waste. 8 Segregate the waste properly. 9 Evaluate recycle of formaldehyde using distillation unit. Keywords Hazardous waste, Infectious waste, Keesler AFB MS, Waste minimization Medical Waste, Waste streams.
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