Office and other workspace cleanouts have resulted in several instances of unexpected, unidentified, and even hazardous items being found in office, laboratory, and other work areas. Personal sharps, cutting tool blades, vials containing unidentified materials, used personal bio-sample containers, rad- or otherwise-contaminated materials, unknown filter media, and even beryllium items have been discovered. In addition to the potential health and safety hazards these items can present to the people discovering them, these items may introduce potential security, accountability, and material dispositioning issues into the cleanout work. If not properly recognized and addressed as each item is found, these items can be and have been placed on the wrong waste stream path and resulted in additional and more-significant issues.
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