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Housekeeping - Bags, pails, cans, glass  intended for reuse

All bins, pails, cans, and similar receptacles intended for reuse which have a reasonable likelihood for becoming contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials shall be inspected and decontaminated on a regularly scheduled basis and cleaned and decontaminated immediately or as soon as feasible upon visible contamination."

"By virtue of a plastic bag's construction, the possibility for leakage is inherent and the can could become contaminated." Summary p.81

"...contamination presents the same hazard whether it exists on a work surface, on the exterior of a waste bag, or on the inside of a reusable container." p.81

"Limiting the requirement to only visible contamination disregards the evidence that imperceptible quantities of blood or OPIM (other potentially infective materials) may still harbor large quantities of HBV." Summary p.81

Broken glassware which may be contaminated shall not be picked up directly with the hands. It shall be cleaned up using mechanical means, such as a brush and dust pan, tongs, or forceps.