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NIOSH Testimony on Health Effects of Medical Waste by R. W. Niemeier April 28, 1989.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1989 Apr:4 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00196228
Abstract
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.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Niemeier-R-W; Infectious-diseases; Disease-transmission; Health-care-personnel; Laboratory-workers; Nurses; Physicians; Nursing; Waste-disposal; AIDS-virus;
Publication Date
19890428
Document Type
Testimony;
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-151258
NTIS Price
A01
Priority Area
Disease and Injury; Infectious Diseases; AIDS-virus;
Source Name
NIOSH, 4 pages
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division