Using Red Bags: The Do’s And Don’ts

Among the common types of medical waste containers are red bags, which are of course made to contain medical waste and other biohazardous waste. They’re used by any medical practice that would be producing medical waste. From hospitals, clinics, dentists, and veterinarians, the need for red bags is universal. But how do you use them properly, and what should you never put in them?

The Do’s

Let’s start off with the do’s of using the red bags. As we know, they are meant to contain bio-hazardous materials. This simply means that it is contaminated with bodily fluids like blood, saliva, urine, etc. It also pertains to any kind of bodily part that may have been removed during an operation of some kind. Potentially viral infectious material also poses a threat and should be sealed in a red bag. Other potentially hazardous material (OPIM) is also included, if it’s organic and comes from the body, good chance it belongs in a red bag.

Now that we’ve established some ideas as to what should be going into your red bags, let’s look at some simple guidelines in the actual use of the red bags.

There we have the do’s set up, but as mentioned before, there are some don’ts with redd bags.

The Don’ts

While these bags are very versatile in what they do, they are meant for specific materials. Anything beyond the scope of what they are made for can lead to severe health risks. So now look at some don’ts in regards to red bag use.

Remember that these bags are ONLY for biohazardous medical waste, do not try to use them for something else. Obtaining red bags is easily done by contacting the right people, like us for example.

Be safe and responsible with medical waste.