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J Athl Train. 1995 September; 30(3): 208–209.
PMCID: PMC1317863

Infectious Waste Disposal Plan of the High School Athletic Trainer

Mary Brkich, MA, ATC


Many athletic training settings, especially high schools, do not have an effective method of properly classifying and disposing of infectious waste. In this article, I provide a set of guidelines for identifying infectious waste and outline several options for effective and safe disposal for the high school athletic trainer. Such a plan can help to reduce the total output of infectious waste as well as safeguard athletes, athletic trainers, the general public, and local authority workers against infectious diseases.

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