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Handling of waste materials in health care facilities and veterinary health care facilities

Specifies requirements for the packaging, collection, handling, storage, and on-site treatment and disposal of waste materials within health care facilities and veterinary health care facilities.1.2This Standard applies to health care facilities and veterinary health care facilities.Note: This Standard may also be applied to the following:(a) medical research and teaching facilities;(b) veterinary research and teaching facilities;(c) some research laboratories where the waste generated is within the scope of this Standard;(d) vaccine production facilities;(e) vaccine testing facilities;(f) mortuaries and funeral homes;(g) coroners' offices;(h) blood banks;(i) blood collection centres; and(j) personal service facilities (e.g., providing tattoo, ear/body piercing, aesthetic, and electrolysis services).1.3This Standard does not provide technical requirements for off-site transportation or disposal of waste afterremoval from a facility.Notes:(1) Such requirements are specified in federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal regulations and legislation.(2) Facilities may consider practices that minimize the environmental impact of the waste generated.1.4This Standard does not address the special precautions associated with material contaminated with infectious substances requiring a Containment Level 3 or higher.Note: For further information, see The Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines (Health Canada), the Containment Standards for Veterinary Facilities (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, Schedule 7.1.5In CSA Standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard; and "can" is used to express possibility or capability. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

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