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Laundry
Labeling Requirements

Item No Label Needed if Universal Precautions Are Used and Specific Use of Container or Item Is Known to All Employees Biohazard Label    Red Container
Regulated waste container (e.g., contaminated sharps container)    X or X
Reusable contaminated sharps container (e.g., surgical instruments soaking in a tray)    X or X
Refrigerator/freezer holding blood or other potentially infectious material    X      
Containers used for storage, transport or shipping of blood    X or X
Blood/blood products for clinical use No labels required         
Individual specimen containers of blood or other potentially infectious materials remaining in facility X X or X
Contaminated equipment needed service (e.g., dialysis equipment; suction apparatus)    X      
Plus a label specifying where the contamination exists
Specimens and regulated waste shipped from the primary facility to another facility for service or disposal    X or X
Contaminated laundry X* or X or X
Contaminated laundry sent to another facility that does not use Universal Precautions     X or X
* Alternative labeling or color coding is sufficient if it permits all employees to recognize the containers as requiring compliance with Universal Precautions.


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