Handling hazardous material in a hospital


It is extremely important to protect the accidental contamination of the staff and individuals in hospital environment and therefore develop safety procedures to handle Hazardous Materials.

List of a few Hazardous Materials to be handled with care.

  1. Mercury
  2. Alcohol Based Cleaning & Disinfectant Solutions
  3. Lubricant Sprays
  4. Anti-Rusting Agents
  5. Petroleum Jelly/ Grease
  6. Adhesives like feviquik/ araldite etc.

List of items required to handle Hazardous Material

  1. Mercury Spillage Kit
  2. Latex or Rubber gloves.
  3. Face Mask
  4. First Aid Kit

Storage of hazardous material

  1. Hazardous Materials should be stored in separate locked Cabinet with proper ventilation.
  2. Date of opening should be labeled on the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) containers.
  3. List of Hazardous Materials stored should be labeled on the Cabinet.
  4. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all the materials stored should be filed and kept

Handling Spillage:

  1. HAZMAT consumption should be recorded after usage and submitted to the Housekeeping Department monthly.
  2. Hazardous Materials should be carefully handled.
  3. Wear Latex or Rubber gloves and mask during handling of HAZMAT
  4. Mercury spillage needs to be handled with special care.
  5. Biomedical Engineers and users should be aware of steps and measures during the accidental spillage or body contact (Refer MSDS)
  6. Biomedical Engineers and users should also be aware of Firefighting/ Accidental release measures and engineering controls during spillage.
  7. First AID should be immediately given for the accidental body contact and shifted for medical care if necessary.


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