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Re:[IP] test strips and blood borne pathogens
When is trash considered regulated waste? What about bathroom trash?
Following are examples of regulated waste: (1) liquid or semiliquid
blood or other potentially infectious material, (2) items containing those
substances that would release them in a liquid or semiliquid state if
compressed, (3) items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially
infectious material that is capable of releasing these materials during
handling, (4) contaminated sharps, and (5) pathological or microbiological
wastes containing blood or other potentially infectious material. HBV
remains viable in dried material for up to 7 days. Feminine hygiene products
are not considered regulated waste because they are designed to absorb
menstrual flow and should not release liquid or dried blood. OSHA expects
these products to be discarded in lined waste containers that prevent
contact during bathroom maintenance. Likewise, discarded bandages that are
not saturated to the point of releasing blood or other potentially
infectious materials would not be considered regulated waste.23
Copied from OSHA page
Siliva is listed as a fluid that needs "Universal precaution".
I figure that as long as the staff and children are not asked to handle
the sharps or test strips and that the student handle them in a "safe"
manner there is no way to restrict the testing behavior of the kids. If
they do then they also have to have kids go to the nurse to blow their nose
as there may be some blood in it and you never know when.
There is also a very clear description in the actual OSHA regs
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