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Posted by: Shonda on 9/2/04 Title: biohazard/hazardous materials clean-up and disposal
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I am trying to find legistlature, Acts, regulations, information of any sort regarding the clean up, disposal, handling of biohazard waste, specifically as it relates to suicides, homicides, and decompositions. USA OSHA has standards in place but I am having trouble finding any Canadian standards that cover all the provinces, if such a thing even exists.


Posted by: Mark Yetman on 9/3/04 Title: Re: biohazard/hazardous materials clean-up and dis
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The following document may be of some use to you "Guidelines for the Management of Biomedical Waste in Canada" published by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment in 1992.

Posted by: Chris Rahm on 9/3/04 Title: Re: biohazard/hazardous materials clean-up and disposal
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As a follow-up to Mark's comment, the CCME guidelines on biomedical waste were out of print the last time I checked and no longer available from the CCME unless they have since been reprinted.

You may also wish to check out the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines 3rd Edition (Draft), Health Canada, although these will not specifically address your issues.

CAN/CSA-Z317.10-01 Handling of Waste Materials in Health Care Facilities and Veterinary Health Care Facilities, Canadian Standards Association, March 2001, may also provide you some guidance although once again, not intended for the issues you are attempting to address.

Waste is primarily a provincial issue and as such, will be covered by provincial regulations.

If you really want an answer, I suggest you contact agencies who perform the work you outlined above and ask them what standards, guides, etc they must follow.

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