What Should go in Red Bag Containers


SHA provides compliance directives for its standards. The current federal compliance directive for the BBP Standard is CPL 02-02-069

CPL 02-02-0693: “The compliance officer should not use the actual volume of blood to determine whether or not a particular material is to be considered regulated waste, since 10 ml of blood on a disposable bed sheet would appear as a spot (not regulated waste) while the same amount of blood on a cotton ball would likely cause saturation and dripping (regulated waste). Instead, the compliance officer should consider the potential for generation of bulk blood (i.e., through dripping or flaking off of material that may contain either blood or OPIM). Note: employees must handle items contaminated with ANY amount of blood or OPIM using Universal Precautions; the definition of regulated medical waste refers to how much blood or OPIM that item contains in order to decide if it should be discarded in the regular plastic-lined trash container, or the red-bag lined regulated medical waste container.”

Using discretion and safety first, the following items are a good representation of what SHOULD go in Red Bag containers for us to pick up

  • Dressing soaked in blood or OPIM
  • Tubes with visible blood or OPIM within or on.
  • Cotton Balls soaked in blood or OPIM
  • Biohazard spill clean up materials
  • Gloves containing blood or OPIM
  • Solidified liquid blood or OPIM

What SHOULD NOT go in Red Bag Containers

  • Food or common trash
  • Packaging
  • Table paper or covers
  • Diapers
  • Urine cups with no visible blood within Sanitary napkins
  • Masks that have not been directly exposed to blood or OPIM
  • IV bags
  • Patient Drapes
  • Urine feces or vomit or items soiled in these
  • Trace Chemo waste or hazardous bulk chemo waste
  • chemo waste Pharmaceutical waste