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Question - How to properly dispose of bodily fluids?

Volpina Vance

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Condoms I dispose of are tied within two layers of plastic kitchen bag.

It has recently occurred to me that the bodily fluids I dispose of in the same manner as other garbage may be pathogenic and unsafe for garbage workers to encounter. Should I be concerned about more proper disposal? What would this look like? If used condoms ought to be disposed of in the same way as medical sharps, how do I acquire these containers? This becomes a privacy issue.


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Health Nurse

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Condoms I dispose of are tied within two layers of plastic kitchen bag.

It has recently occurred to me that the bodily fluids I dispose of in the same manner as other garbage may be pathogenic and unsafe for garbage workers to encounter. Should I be concerned about more proper disposal? What would this look like? If used condoms ought to be disposed of in the same way as medical sharps, how do I acquire these containers? This becomes a privacy issue.


Thank you.

Hi Volpina Vance

I have called up the city of Vancouver and they have said that there is no regulation around this when it concerns the disposal of small quantities of items from residential garbage collection.

It is similar to disposing of items that have blood on them like bandages, tampons, pads etc...

They recommended putting these in a separate plastic bag before disposing of them into the household garbage.

What you’re doing with using two layers of plastic kitchen bags is fine.

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Volpina Vance

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Jul 5, 2010
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Thank you!

This is belated, but I also received this response from another user:

"I saw your thread in the Health Information session but didn't respond because I thought that only the Health Nurse was allowed to answer such questions in public. In any case, I work in a field where biosafety is front and centre. The rules are different depending on the situation and in your case you may safely dispose of used condoms, etc. in the regular garbage. To give you an example though, if one is studying HIV in a university lab, it has to be treated as a Level 3 Pathogen but if healthcare workers are dealing with blood from an HIV-positive patient those samples are only treated as Level 2. The specifics of the levels don't matter much, I'm just trying to point out what the legal requirements are different depending on who you are and what you're doing. For any private citizen, body fluids can be disposed of through regular means (i.e., garbage, sewage, etc.)."
 
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