Medical Waste Management Audit

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Medical Waste Management Audit

General

1. Is a written management plan available for non-hazardous general waste, liquid medical waste, and solid medical waste?


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2. Are staff responsibilities clearly assigned to cover all steps in the waste management process?


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3. Are appropriate and adequate supplies and equipment for infection prevention and waste management including decontaminants, containers, and protective clothing available?


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4. Are infection prevention job aids and medical waste management protocols or curricula from USAID, EngenderHealth, WHO, etc. available and enforced?


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Sorting

1. Are there internal rules for appropriate separation of waste by type at the place where it is generated?


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2. Are needles and sharps disposed of in special sharps containers such as covered leak-proof, puncture-proof cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, or tin cans?


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Handling

1. Is there appropriate collection and transportation of medical waste within the facility?


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2. Is medical waste handled as little as possible before temporary storage and disposal?


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3. Are waste containers removed and emptied from operating, procedure, and sluice rooms before they are completely full, at least once a day?


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4. Is good hygiene observed?


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5. Is appropriate protective clothing worn while handling medical waste?


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Interim Storage

1. Is medical waste appropriately and temporarily stored safely, packaged, and labelled within the facility?


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2. Is medical waste stored for not more than 24 hours, before disposal?


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3. Is medical waste stored in a designated, closed-off area that is minimally accessible to staff, visitors,


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4. Is medical waste stored away from food preparation or food storage or food consumption areas (like cafeterias)?


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5. Is the correct protocol followed in case of any spills, injury or exposure to medical waste?


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Final Disposal

1. Are solid medical waste, liquid medical waste, sharps, and hazardous chemical waste from the health facility eliminated appropriately?


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2. Is solid waste disposed of appropriately; if possible, at the facility, under the supervision of staff who understand the risks, by burning or burying, or by transporting it to an off-site disposal site?


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Burning

1. If final disposal of solid waste is by burning, is it carried out in a drum or brick incinerator?


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2. If the disposal is by open burning, is it done in a small designated area far from the premises?


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3. If the waste is wet, is it doused with kerosene first before starting the fire?


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Burying

1. If final disposal of solid waste is by burying, is this done safely for example at a designated, fenced, or walled-off space in view of the facility, with a pit large enough for all the solid medical waste generated at the site, to prevent scavenging and accidental injury?


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2. Does the pit have an impermeable plastic or clay lining?


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3. Is the burial pit at least 50 metres away from any water source, to prevent contamination?


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4. Does the site have proper drainage?


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5. Is it located downhill from any wells, free of standing water, in an area that does not flood?


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6. Is the bottom of the pit 2 meters above the water table?


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7. Is the waste covered with 10–30 cm of soil?


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Off-site Disposal

1. If final disposal is off-site, are precautions taken to ensure that waste is transported and disposed of safely?


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