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Mac's Safety Space: Using disposable razors

Hospital Safety Insider, January 13, 2011

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Q: I work in a behavioral health facility and was hoping to get your input regarding patients’ used disposable razors. We are presently treating them as red bag materials. They are put into sharps containers like needles, and then stored in boxes until being sent out to our regulated medical waste hauler. In actuality approximately 85% of our red bag items are from these razors. We don't use many needles and the company that we outsource our lab services to takes care of their own needles that are used by their phlebotomists.

 

Can you tell me what the regulations are for handling such items and/or what is being done at other hospitals? It seems like a waste of a lot of money to dispose of disposable razors in such a manner since the rest of the public, including hotels and private residences, treat these as regular waste.

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