Vaccines spilled on the floor

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-05-2008
Vaccines spilled on the floor
Thu, 08-14-2008 - 2:43pm
Someone said that a vaccine spilled on the floor is considered toxic waste. Anyone know if this is indeed true? What is done to clean up a spilled vaccine?
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2005
Fri, 08-15-2008 - 3:56pm

I don't have time right now to weed through it but this is the Canadian guide for vaccine handling:

I would hope it address spills.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2007
Sun, 08-17-2008 - 10:36am

Vaccines preserved with thimerosal are hazardous waste. Many flu vaccines have 50,000 parts per billion (ppb) of thimerosal per dose. A liquid with more than 150 ppb is considered hazardous waste which would require treatment prior to disposal. The drinking water standard in the US is 2 ppb. If a vaccine was spilled on the floor and they cleaned it up, anything used to soak up the vaccine would also be a hazardous waste. Scary, isn't it?
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-18-2007
Tue, 08-19-2008 - 3:59pm
That makes sense since many vaccines also contain human or animal tissue in addition to the chemicals. Makes you really think about putting the stuff into your child's body.