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Article 4. Management of Spills of Regulated Medical Waste

9VAC20-120-270. Spill containment and cleanup kit.

Article 4
Management of Spills of Regulated Medical Waste

All regulated medical waste management facilities are required to keep a spill containment and cleanup kit within the vicinity of any area where regulated medical wastes are managed, and the location of the kit shall provide for rapid and efficient cleanup of spills anywhere within the area. All vehicles transporting regulated medical wastes are required to carry a spill containment and clean up kit in the vehicle whenever regulated medical wastes are conveyed. The kit shall consist of at least the following items:

1. Material designed to absorb spilled liquids. The amount of absorbent material shall be that having a capacity, as rated by the manufacturer, of one gallon of liquid for every cubic foot of regulated medical waste that is normally managed in the area for which the kit is provided or 10 gallons, whichever is less.

2. One gallon of disinfectant in a sprayer capable of dispersing its charge in a mist and in a stream at a distance. The disinfectant shall be hospital grade and effective against mycobacteria.

3. Enough red plastic bags to enclose 150% of the maximum load accumulated or transported (up to a maximum of 500 bags), that meet the applicable requirements of 49 CFR Part 173 or an exemption approved by the United States Department of Transportation. These bags shall be large enough to overpack any box or other container normally used for regulated medical waste management by that facility.

4. Appropriate personal protective equipment.

5. For vehicles only, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, boundary marking tape, lights and other appropriate safety equipment.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.12, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

9VAC20-120-280. Containment and cleanup procedures.

Following a spill of regulated medical waste or its discovery, the following procedures shall be implemented:

1. Take appropriate precautions to ensure personnel do not come into contact with any contaminants by wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

2. Repackage spilled waste in accordance with the packaging requirements in 9VAC20-120-210.

3. Transport any regulated medical waste by a transporter that meets the requirements of Part VI (9VAC20-120-400 et seq.) of this chapter.

4. Clean and disinfect any areas having been contacted by regulated medical wastes. Materials used to decontaminate the area will be disinfectants effective against mycobacteria.

5. Take necessary steps to replenish containment and cleanup kit.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.13, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002; Volume 29, Issue 19, eff. July 4, 2013.

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