7.10 Safe Disposal of waste (including sharps)

Waste should be handled in accordance with Section 1.9 of SICPs.

Waste generated from patients/individuals who are in the high risk category or where there is a confirmed outbreak, should be disposed of as clinical waste where clinical waste contracts are in place.

Any items contaminated with BBF (including saliva) for any patient regardless of infectious status should be disposed of as clinical waste.

If the community health and care setting does not have a clinical waste contract, or for care at home, ensure all waste items that have been in contact with patients/individuals on the high risk category (e.g. used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) are disposed of securely within disposable bags. When full, the plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied. These bags should be stored in a secure location for 72 hours before being put out for collection.