Q: Our facility has a soiled utility room near the main laundry that also holds bagged, sealed, boxed, then sealed again bio-hazardous wasted awaiting removal by the contractor. Is this room required to have a dedicated air exhaust ventilation system to the outside of the building?
A: Yes… I believe it is required to have a dedicated air exhaust system to the outdoors. This is a requirement based on multiple entities. According to the FGI Guidelines, a soiled holing room is required to have the following:
- Negative air pressure
- 2 ACH minimum for outside air
- 10 ACH minimum total
- Room must exhaust directly to outdoors
- No room unit ventilator air recirculation
In addition, according to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard 1910.1030(e)(4), if the storage area is also a HIV and HBV production area, then the room is required to have a dedicated exhaust system. So, it appears to me that the room is required to have a system that exhausts the air directly to the outdoors.