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Monday's Ask the Experts: Feminine sanitary products

February 9, 2009
Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: How does your company deal with feminine hygiene issues?
The answer
Assuming that you are referring to the provision of and or disposal of feminine sanitary products and not to women who don’t bathe often enough, I can only speak from personal experience. In our contracts we offer to supply such products at a slight markup, but we do not service or repair the machines or handle the cash. As for disposal of used products, the most common approach is to bag and dispose of these items with other restroom trash. Use a Quat to clean the inside and outside of receptacles daily to control bacteria, soil and odor. Basic safety instructions need to be given to those handling such waste. Avoid touching the waste by wearing gloves, and using disposable liners in the receptacles. Washing hands and using sanitizing jell frequently when doing any type of cleaining and especially when servicing rest rooms is always a good precaution. Common sense and alertness to potential infection will reduce any risk involved.
The last I knew, even OSHA did not address this issue in its Blood Borne Pathogen Precaution materials, although it clearly is a blood and body fluid of concern.
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