Interim-Planning Guidance for the Handling of Solid Waste Contaminated with a Category A Infectious Substance
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What this is for: This Guidance is for safe handling of solid waste contaminated with a Category A infectious substance (henceforth, “contaminated waste”) and the proper management of inactivated Category A waste materials in the United States.* An infectious substance meets Category A criteria if it is in a form capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals upon exposure to the substance.
Who this is for: Local emergency medical services (EMS); hospital or healthcare facility personnel; public health officials; environmental officials; individuals and organizations involved in healthcare waste management and solid waste management operations; and Federal, State (or, in some jurisdictions, tribal or territorial), or local officials who have to handle, transport, or dispose of waste from a person with a suspected or known exposure to a Category A infectious substance.
NOTE: Parts of this guidance may not apply to every State or hospital, depending on individual State or hospital plans in place.
How to use: Use these recommendations to: 1) identify handling considerations for contaminated waste for your locality; 2) develop a contaminated waste protocol or evaluate an existing protocol; 3) guide protection of worker health and safety; and 4) support the development of Category A waste management and response plans for contaminated and inactivated waste materials. This guidance does not address wastewater streams or provide instruction on decontamination measures, nor does it remove the obligation to comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.