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close this bookGuidelines for Safe Disposal for Unwanted Pharmaceuticals in and after emergencies (WHO - OMS, 1999, 31 p.)
close this folder3. Sorting categories
Open this folder and view contents3.1 The objectives of sorting
View the document3.2 Optimum conditions for sorting
View the document3.3 Sorting categories
View the document3.4 Pharmaceuticals and other materials which can still be used
View the document3.5 Expired or unwanted pharmaceuticals
View the document3.6 Hazardous or potentially hazardous non-pharmaceutical materials
View the document3.7 Recyclable material

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 out.