Medical Waste Technical Assistance Survey, K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan
Final rept. 24-27 Apr 1990
AIR FORCE OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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At the request of the 410 Strategic HospitalSG, the AFOEHL conducted a medical waste technical assistance survey at K.I. Sawyer AFB. 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 410 Strategic Hospital needs to formalize its waste management program. Recommendations include 1 differentiate between material and hazardous waste in hospital regulations 2 turn in all antineoplastic medications 3 develop a policy on outdated medication disposal 4 increase training on infectious waste disposal 5 dispose of all excess chemicals properly 6 substitute a less hazardous chemical for xylene 7 transport all waste in a government vehicle 8 do not store infectious waste in Central Sterile Supply 9 write a spill plan 10 contact AFOEHL to ensure incinerator plans meet the Clean Air Act. Keywords Hazardous materials, Waste management, Wastes, Surveys.
- Environmental Health and Safety