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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Infectious Waste Management

Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare facilities can save money and resources by improving infectious waste management segregation and implementing waste reduction programs.

The New Hampshire Infectious Waste Rules are located under Env-SW 904. For a quick overview of the Rules, read the NHDES’ fact sheet Infectious Waste Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Household generated sharps should be disposed appropriately to help prevent injury and illness to family members and waste handlers, and reduce pollution to the environment.

Specimen Bags

Some healthcare facilities use plastic bags to transport specimen containers from patient care areas to in-house laboratories. Is the specimen bag considered infectious or solid waste?

Suction Canisters

Suction canisters are single-use devices used in hospital operating rooms. In a recent study, up to 40% of the infectious waste generated from operating rooms is suction canister waste. New technology is available that can reduce the generation of suction canister waste.



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