Covid-19 Testing Waste Must be Properly Disposed
The increase in point of care testing has caused an increase in infectious waste, often in locations where there wouldn’t normally be a biohazard bin readily available. But remember, used rapid antigen testing kits should be treated as regulated medical waste. Therefore, any test kits, including used swabs, PPE exposed to the virus, or contaminated with infectious material such as blood or vomit, must be properly disposed of. These items should not go in the regular trash. Instead, they should be placed in a rigid biohazard container or bag that is leak-proof and puncture-resistant. These materials then need to be treated by a licensed facility, such as MERI.
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Remember, Used Covid-19 Testing Kits
- are regulated medical waste;
- must go in a red biohazard bag that is properly closed and sealed in a biohazard container;
- must also be disposed of at a licensed treatment facility, such as MERI.