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How Does Your Facility Dispose of Lithium Batteries?

How Does Your Facility Dispose of Lithium Batteries?

Welch Allyn KleenSpec LED

Is your healthcare facility considering a product, like the one pictured above, that utilizes a lithium battery to power its single-use LED light source? If so, before purchasing check your facility/state’s battery disposal policy and ask your local sales representative how they recommend you dispose of lithium batteries.

Consider the following:

  • If the symbol to the right is present on the box or in the IFU accompanying the product then the batteries included CANNOT be disposed of in the trash.
  • After use, batteries contained in single-use LED light sources that are not sealed (sealed batteries would not be visible to the eye) may be medical waste and therefore cannot be recycled. If you are told otherwise ask for the study or data that proves there is zero chance of contamination during or after the exam when the batteries must be removed from the device to be disposed of separately.

Did you know:

OBP Medical’s ER-SPEC/OfficeSPEC light source uses low-voltage alkaline button batteries to power its ultra-bright single-use LED light source. These batteries contain no hazardous material and can be incinerated1 along with other medical waste (dispose of in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations).

1http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/alkalineminiature_psds.pdf



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