Safe On-Farm Storage of Unwanted Medicines and Sharps
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This Factsheet was developed to provide producers with the resources they need to address the issue of safe storage of used or unwanted livestock medicines and sharps. Safe storage of unwanted medicines and sharps is recommended in the Livestock Medicines Education Manuals1 (including the Swine Medicines Manual2) and in Worksheet #6 of the Environmental Farm Plan3.
This Factsheet is complementary to Factsheet 05-051, Responsible Disposal of Unwanted Medicines and Sharps. The charts on the back of these Factsheets are useful to you when they are displayed in a prominent location such as a bulletin board or refrigerator where medicines are kept (strip magnets with adhesive on one side can be attached to this side of the Factsheet). We recommend that you laminate this Factsheet to keep information from fading and to make it easier to keep clean.
This Factsheet will remind you and your staff about what to do with unwanted medicines and sharps. Write the contact information for your commercial storage container company on the line provided at the bottom of the chart.
For information on where commercial storage containers can be purchased, contact your veterinarian or check the yellow pages under "medical equipment suppliers" or "laboratory equipment suppliers" or contact a commercial medical waste disposal company.
1Livestock Medicines Manuals are provided when you participate in a Livestock Medicines Education Program offered by Ridgetown College. For details about this program, phone: 1-877-480-9992 or see the Livestock Medicines Education Program web site.
2The Swine Medicines Manual is available to those who take the Swine Medicines Course offered by Ontario Pork. For details about this program, phone: 1-877-ONT-PORK (668-7675) or see the Ontario Pork web site.
3For information about the Environmental Farm Plan, phone the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association at 519-826-4214 or see the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association web site.
Figure 1. Sample disposal container for Non-Hazardous Waste.
Figure 2. Disposal container for sharps.
Table 1. Contact Information.
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