How to Dispose of PPE

Written by eliza herring
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How to Dispose of PPE
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Personal Protective Equipment such as surgical masks and gloves can get old or soiled and sometimes it is hard to find a good way to get rid of them. Lots of people don't know how to dispose of PPE properly, in a sanitary way or in the way regulated by their employers. Use caution to dispose of PPE to avoid spreading infectious diseases.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Medical gloves
  • Garbage bag

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  1. 1

    Put on medical gloves and place your PPE in a plastic garbage bag.

  2. 2

    Tightly tie and secure the garbage bag to prevent dripping. If dripping occurs and garbage touches your skin or clothes, wash them thoroughly. Put PPE in your workplace's receptacles. It may be labelled for biohazardous waste.

  3. 3

    Clean waste containers regularly. Your workplace may require you to clean receptacles daily depending on their policies. Wash them with diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) and wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after handling.

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