Bloodborne Pathogens - Warning Labels and Signs

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                                      Bloodborne Pathogens – Warning Labels and Signs

Always place contaminated articles in –

•   Color-coded (red) bags or containers, or

•   Containers labeled with the biohazard symbol:



This table provides guidance for labeling containers of contaminated materials.

                                               Labels and Signs

                     Item                      No Label           Biohazard             Red Container
                                                                   Symbol
        Regulated Medical Waste
                                                                    X OR                     X
        (RMW) Container
        Reusable Contaminated
                                                                    X OR                     X
        Sharps Container
        Reusable Contaminated
                                                                    X OR                     X
        Instruments
        Individual Specimen
                                                X1 OR               X OR                     X
        Containers
        Contaminated Equipment
                                                                      X2
        Requiring Service
        Specimens and RMW
                                                                    X OR                     X
        Shipped to Another Facility
        Contaminated Laundry                    X1 OR               X OR                     X


1
  Universal precautions are used for handling specimens or when personnel know the specific use of the
container
2
  Plus a label indicating where contamination exists

For further details, see USACHPPM TG 190.

Source: Department of Labor, OSHA. Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens: Precautions for
Emergency Responders. (OSHA 3130) Washington, DC: GPO, 1992.




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