1-12. UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS
a. Work Practices Controls.
(1) All containers used as receptacles for regulated waste, contaminated
sharps (objects that can penetrate the skin), contaminated laundry, or other containers
used to store, transport, or ship blood or OPIM are labeled with the biohazard label (see
Figure 1-6. Biohazard label.
(2) Red bags or red rigid containers may be used as a substitute for the
biohazard label when applicable.
(3) Needles must be disposed of into approved sharps containers without
being broken or bent.
b. Personal Protective Equipment.
Known as PPE, this means specialized clothing or equipment worn for
protection from exposure to blood or OPIM.
Disposable gloves, gowns, masks, airway shields, etc.