The Facilities Manager or Project Controller is responsible for ensuring that waste removal protocols are in place for the pilot. Hazardous Waste, Garage and Recycling services all need to be planned for as part of the Screening Centre.
Due to the collection of samples from participants proper biohazardous waste processes need to be in place to restrict the spread of the virus. The following should be taken into consideration for the pilot.
1. Treat all specimen and participant samples as potentially biohazardous material.
2. Each screening station needs to have its own bio hazardous waste container with a biohazard waste bag inside the container.
3. Sample collection and analysis doesn’t include sharps and therefore a sharps biohazard waste container isn’t required.
4. Service provider
- Organizations should coordinate biohazardous waste collection and removal with a medical waste service provider company if they don’t already partner with one. An example of a biohazard waste removal company is Stericycle.
- The service provider will support organizations with providing labeled bags, labeled boxes/containers, storage and collection of biohazardous waste.
- The biohazard waste containers at each screening station should be checked daily by the facilities team. If the bag is full it should be removed from the container in the screening station and moved to a secure area with a central biohazardous waste storage bin for temporary storage until the service provider comes to the organization for the regular scheduled pickup. A new bag should be placed in the biohazard waste container.
- Storage area should be secure and not accessible to the general public and not adjacent to medical supply storage areas or areas used for food preparation or consumption.
- Central storage should be marked with the universal biohazard symbol.
- A collection schedule should be set up with the biohazard waste service provider. Frequency will depend on the number of people being screened but at minimum should be planned for once a week.
Garbage and Recycling
Each Screening Station should have a garbage and a recycling bin so that waste from screening participants can be put in the proper stream. Removal of garbage and recycling should be done daily at the end of the day by the organizations cleaning team. If the garbage or recycling bins are full during that day, the trained personnel and results manager should have the contact information for the facilities manager to request for the bags to be removed and replaced with new bags. Do not discard any records containing personal information in the garbage or recycling bin.
Each Pilot Site should arrange for their cleaning services to clean the screening station at the end of each day. Between screens, the Trained Personnel on-site should disinfect all high-touch surfaces.
- Daily Cleaning
- Weekly Cleaning
- Cleaning after a positive result
- Cleaning the analyzer
- Cleaning of the analyzer should be performed after every shift, as well as after every positive result
- Do not immerse or spray the analyzer with liquid.
- Do not clean the underside of the unit or the ports for power and data connections.
- Turn off and unplug the analyzer prior to cleaning.
- Use the following disinfectants:
- Clorox Healthcare; Bleach Germicidal Cleaner (EPA Reg #: 56392-7)
- Clorox Commercial Solutions; Clean-Up Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach 1 (EPA Reg #: 67619-17)
- Clorox Healthcare; Bleach Germicidal Wipes (EPA Reg #: 67619-12)
- Remove the drawer for cleaning by ensuring the unit is unplugged, powered down and there is no cartridge in the drawer. Press the button on the bottom of the unit to release the drawer and remove. Use a soft cloth with 70% alcohol or .6% bleach solution to clean the drawer only. Do not clean the interior of the analyzer and do not submerge the drawer. After cleaning carefully align the drawer and slide until it latches closed.