For what it is worth, this is what we require under our Bloodborne Pathogens enforcement directive. Federal OSHA would have similar requirements: 1910.1030 (d)(4)(ii). Since environmental contamination is an effective method of disease transmission for HBV (the CDC states that HBV can survive for at least one week in dried blood on environmental surfaces or contaminated needles and instruments), paragraph (d)(4)(ii) provides the minimum requirements for the cleaning and decontamination of equipment and environmental and working surfaces that come into contact with blood or OPIM. Under paragraph (d)(4)(ii)(A), cleaning of contaminated work surfaces after completion of procedures is required to ensure that employees are not unwittingly exposed to blood or OPIM remaining on a surface from previous procedures. This paragraph requires contaminated work surfaces to be cleaned with an "appropriate disinfectant." Appropriate disinfectants include a diluted bleach solution and EPA-registered tuberculocides (List B), sterilants registered by EPA (List A), products registered against HIV/HBV (List D) or Sterilants/High Level Disinfectants cleared by the FDA. List D includes primarily quaternary ammonia products that EPA has approved as effective against HIV and HBV. The lists of the EPA Registered Products are available from the National Antimicrobial Information Network on its web site at http://ace.orst.edu/info/nain/lists.htm or at (800) 447-63491. The sterilants and high level disinfectants cleared by FDA can be found at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ode/germlab.html. Any of the above products are considered effective when used according to the manufacturer's instructions, provided the surfaces have not become contaminated with agents or volumes of, or concentrations of, agents for which higher level disinfection is recommended. NOTE: The lists contain the primary registrants' products only. The same formulation is repackaged and renamed and distributed by other companies. These renamed products will not appear on the list, but their EPA Registration Number must appear on the label. Products cleared solely by the FDA will not have an EPA number. The services provided by the National Microbial Information Network (NAIN), the companion telephone helpline to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), were discontinued effective March 31, 2002, because of lack of funding. The Antimicrobial Division of the U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs will handle phone calls, email, and web inquiries normally addressed to the NAIN. The Antimicrobial Division may be contacted by calling: (703) 308-0127; by fax: (703) 308-6467; or by e-mail addressed to Info_Antimicrobial**At_Symbol_Here**epa.gov. Lists of registered antimicrobial products are available at: www.epa.gov/oppad001/chemregindex.htm [4/9/03]. - Diane Amell, MNOSHA >>> "sandra"
7/18/2005 7:41:35 PM >>> I'm looking for an easily procurable product for washing and disinfecting biohazard bins. The bins contain microbiological, blood, pathological, and body fluid waste from the camp's hospital and are kept refrigerated until their contents are emptied into a medical waste incinerator. I'm also looking for information regarding recommended procedures for setting up a facility ( or outdoor area ) for the disinfection and decontamination of those bins. I'm particularly concerned about drainage and runoff. Sincerely, Steven E. Sargent Health, Safety, Enviromental Coordinator KBR/Halliburton LOGCAP III Camp Anaconda, Iraq
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