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CSA Z317.10

4th Edition, 2015

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Handling of health care waste materials

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Product Details:

  • Revision: 4th Edition, 2015
  • Published Date: January 2015
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CSA Group (CSA)
  • Page Count: 61
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This Standard specifies requirements for the packaging, collection, handling, storage, and on-site treatment and disposal of health care waste materials.

This Standard applies to health care and veterinary–related waste, and health care–related waste generated in non-traditional health care settings.

"Health care and veterinary" refers to

a) health care facilities and mobile units;

b) veterinary facilities and mobile units;

c) blood banks; and d) blood collection centres.

Note: See Annex C for examples of health care facilities.

Biomedical waste generated in non-traditional health care settings includes health care-related waste generated

a) in the home environment; and

b) during emergency medical services/pre-hospital care.

Note: This Standard may also be applied to the following:

a) medical research and teaching facilities;

b) veterinary research and teaching facilities;

c) clinical and research laboratories where the waste generated is within the scope of this Standard;

d) vaccine production facilities;

e) vaccine testing facilities;

f) mortuaries and funeral homes;

g) coroners' laboratories; and

h) personal service facilities (e.g., providing tattoo, ear/body piercing, aesthetic, and electrolysis services).

This Standard does not provide technical requirements for off-site transportation or disposal of waste after removal.

Note: Such requirements are specified in federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal regulations and legislation.

This Standard does not address the special precautions associated with material contaminated with infectious substances requiring a Containment Level 3 or higher, with the exception of the requirements in Clause 5.4.5 and the guidance in Annex F.


1) For further information, see the most current edition of the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines, see the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act, and see the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

2) For infection control guidelines and fact sheets on specific infectious diseases, including Ebola virus disease, refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada website: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/id-mi/index-eng.php. Pathogen safety data sheets are available at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/index-eng.php .

In this Standard, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (nonmandatory) to define their application.