Vaccines spilled on the floor

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-05-2008
Vaccines spilled on the floor
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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:

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/2007/nvshglp-ldemv/index-eng.php

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.
Riley
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