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NIOSH Testimony on Health Effects of Medical Waste by R. W. Niemeier April 28, 1989.
NIOSH 1989 Apr:4 pages
This testimony contains the comments from NIOSH regarding the request from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry concerning the health effects of medical waste. Several points at issue are raised, including the description of the potential for infection or injury from the segregation, handling, storage, treatment, or disposal of medical wastes; an estimate of the number of people injured or infected annually by sharp objects and the nature and seriousness of those injuries or infections; an estimate of the number of people infected annually by other means related to waste segregation, handling storage, treatment, or disposal, and the nature and seriousness of those infections; and for diseases possibly spread by medical wastes, including Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Hepatitis-B, an estimate of what percentage of the total number of cases nationally may be traceable to medical wastes.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Niemeier-R-W; Infectious-diseases; Disease-transmission; Health-care-personnel; Laboratory-workers; Nurses; Physicians; Nursing; Waste-disposal; AIDS-virus;
NTIS Accession No.
Disease and Injury; Infectious Diseases; AIDS-virus;
NIOSH, 4 pages
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