Management of Ebola waste in health care and home settings is a topic that has been discussed with provinces and territories in the context of Ebola preparedness. It is clear that further advice from environmental waste management and regulatory experts, from across jurisdictions will be required to inform further discussions.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is currently reviewing and updating a range of Infection Prevention and Control guidance for Ebola Virus Disease including interim guidance for Borders, Health Care Settings and Self-Monitoring at Home available at: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/id-mi/vhf-fvh/ebola-ipc-pci-eng.php.
From the health perspective, there is guidance on environmental cleaning, and management of waste according to regulations by jurisdiction.
Given the Agency’s National Microbiology Laboratory’s role in providing diagnostic Ebola testing for the country, the Interim Biosafety Guidelines for Laboratories Handling Specimens from Patients Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease, available at: healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/ebola/professionals-professionnels-eng.php.
Note: All waste is treated before it leaves the laboratory building. Solid waste is surface decontaminated and sterilized. Liquid waste is processed in the lab rendering and bio waste treatment system.
Updates to guidance will be available on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website: healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/ebola/index-eng.php.
Given the quickly evolving situation, visit the website periodically for updates on response efforts.
Public Health Agency of Canada’s reference information courtesy of:
Gregory Taylor, BSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC
Chief Public Health Officer
Public Health Agency of Canada