3.2 Optimum conditions for sorting
Sorting should be done in the open or in a well ventilated and,
if necessary, heated covered structure designated by the local authority.
Sorting should be done as close as possible to the stockpile in an orderly way,
with all sorted material clearly labelled and separated at all times. Staff
supplied with protective equipment (gloves, boots, overalls, dust masks, etc.),
should work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. They should receive
training on the sorting criteria, and health and safety risks associated with
handling the materials.
Once sorted, the pharmaceuticals should be carefully packed into
steel drums or into containers such as sturdy cardboard boxes, with the contents
clearly indicated on the outside of the containers. The materials should be kept
in a dry secure and preferably separate room to avoid being confused with
in-date pharmaceuticals, until disposal is carried