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Phlebotomy Safety Requirements

Operational- While there are no specific guidelines from OSHA regarding the re-use of tourniquets, single use non-latex tourniquets are currently recommended for phlebotomy use and should be disposed of after each venipuncture. These tourniquets reduce cross contamination between patients and health care workers. If a tourniquet is soiled with blood, it should not be cleaned for re-use.

Discarding Inoperable Instrumentation

Operational- When discarding lab instrumentation that becomes inoperable you must take into account local disposal requirements for biohazard materials. The analyzer must be decontaminated per the manufacturers guidelines and any sharp objects or parts removed. Once this step has been completed, contact your local biohazard waste disposal facility to see if the instrument can be placed in a dumpster or if there are other disposal requirements.