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How to Dispose of PPE

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

  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. 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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Things You'll Need

  • Medical gloves
  • Garbage bag

About the Author

Eliza Herring has been writing professionally since 2007. She has worked as a contributing writer for "Lumina News" and "Topsail Voice" newspapers. Herring holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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