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How do you dispose custom tray?

Did you know how to dispose of a custom tray correctly? If you have used a custom tray over and over, it will become old, and you will, therefore, need to get rid of it. Disposing of a custom tray may not be as easy as it sounds since it is biohazardous and you risk exposing the environment to dangerous substances. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate that everyone who sees the need to dispose of medical equipment must have the following in order;

  • Proper methods of handling a cleaning a custom tray as well as sharp instruments
  • Suitable chemicals for decontamination.
  • And proper procedures for the disposal of tools including a custom tray.

Below are the steps you can take to achieve a proper disposal for your custom tray

Wear appropriate personal protective equipment

Before collecting the custom tray for disposal, ensure you are in the right personal protective gears. As well, this is handy before performing decontamination procedures. The personal protective equipment provides a barrier between the material and your skin and will always ensure you are safe from potential infections. You can then work with biohazardous equipment without the risk of contracting disease-causing organisms and when coming into contact with biohazardous materials.

The law mandates that whenever splashing of body fluids is anticipated, then these protective gears must be worn at all times. Splashes are also bound to be experienced during the decontamination procedures, and the clothes are necessary here too. The essential gears that you must have during this procedure include;

  • Aprons
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Goggles
  • Gowns

Protect the area and contain the spill

A dirty, contaminated custom tray will pose a risk to anyone. Furthermore, fluids from this equipment may spill into the area where you are doing the decontamination and pose serious health issues to individuals. Cordon the area and put hazard signs near it so that anyone that would want to access the area is warned on time. For spills involving significant amounts of fluids, contain them and see to it that they don’t spread to other regions. Things like rags or sand can serve the purpose just right.

Get the right disposal container.

After ensuring you have protected yourself and warned about the hazard, it is now time to acquire cleaning equipment and appropriate containers for carrying the custom tray. The cleaning equipment you will use must be efficient and perform best. As well, they must be those that you can clean easily. Ensure you only use the cleaning materials that are handy in cleaning the contaminants in the spill. You will need a red bag to carry the custom tray.

Use appropriate decontamination agents

To clean the fluids that may have come from your custom tray, you have to use appropriate decontamination methods. Decontamination works to get rid of inactivate and dissolve the hazardous agent in the spill. You can use absorbent for liquids to do the decontamination of the fluid.

Proper disinfection of the area you are working on is vital as it will work to avoid further spread of infections. The custom tray contains pathological substances and so should be disinfected properly. The disinfection of the region around will be substantial even after you have removed the custom tray.

The above procedure will take you a long way in ensuring you achieve proper disposal for your custom tray.