Get Rid of Wastes Safely
Every time you examine a person’s mouth, fill a cavity,
or extract a tooth, you are left with some waste. For
example, used cotton or gauze, disposable needles and
syringes, plastic gloves, and other materials must be
thrown away. But do not put them in the trash. These
wastes carry germs and can spread infections to you
and to people in the family and community. Wear gloves
when you touch wastes, and get rid of them carefully.
How to dispose of sharp
Sharp wastes must be put into a container so
they will not injure anyone who finds them. A
container made of metal or heavy plastic, with a
lid or tape to close it, works well.
When the container is half full, add 5% bleach
solution, then seal it closed and bury it deep in
Make a box to dispose of needles safely
Find a metal or hard plastic box. Make a long hole in the lid of the
box that is wide on one side and gets narrower on the other side.
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