Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 08:47:49 -0500
Reply-To: Diane Amell <Diane.Amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
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From: Diane Amell <Diane.Amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
Subject: Re: Disinfecting Biohazard Bins
Comments: To: sargentbuff**At_Symbol_Here**
For what it is worth, this is what we require under our Bloodborne
Pathogens enforcement directive. Federal OSHA would have similar

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 or at (800) 447-6349[1]1.  The
sterilants and high level disinfectants cleared by FDA can be found at  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.[1] 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**  Lists
of registered antimicrobial products are available at: [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

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.


Steven E. Sargent
Health, Safety, Enviromental Coordinator
Camp Anaconda, Iraq

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