Biohazard Waste Disposal Chart. Biohazard waste is a type of medical waste that poses a threat to the environment and public health. There are a variety of biohazardous wastes, including blood, body fluids, excretions, tissues, and sharps. It also includes items contaminated with these materials. These items can be hazardous if they are not disposed of properly. If you work in the healthcare industry or have been exposed to biohazardous materials, then you need to be aware of how to dispose of them safely. Here is a helpful guide on handling biohazard waste disposal from start to finish.
According to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood. Of special concern are sharp wastes such as needles, blades, glass pipettes, and other wastes that can cause injury during handling.
Types of Biohazardous Waste
Types of biohazardous waste can include, Human blood and blood products, Human Body Fluids, Microbiological Wastes, Pathological waste, Animal waste, and Sharps waste.
The Types of Waste Found in Healthcare
Sharps Waste, Biohazard Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste, RCRA Hazardous Waste, Dual Waste, and Trace Chemo are some of the wastes you could find in a healthcare setting.
The following is our Regulated Waste Acceptance Policy
Healthcare Waste Management policy requires compliance with all appropriate regulations regarding the packaging, transportation, and treatment of medical waste. Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require the generator of regulated waste to certify that the collecting and documentation of transported regulated medical waste complies with DOT regulations regarding classifying waste, in addition to packaging and labeling documentation.
To ensure that neither Healthcare Waste Management nor the waste generator violates relevant regulations, it is imperative that both parties are aware of the rules regarding correct identification, classification, separation, and packaging of the waste.
The overall purpose of this Regulated Waste Acceptance Policy is to summarize the minimum requirements for preparing your medical waste for collection, transportation, and treatment. Additional facility or state-specific waste acceptance policies may apply based on permit specifications. Please contact us for further information (888) 497-5797.
Regulated Medical Waste
Healthcare Waste Management accepts medical waste generated in a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic, educational, cyclical, and therapeutic activities.
The Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988 defines medical waste as “any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals.”
Except as defined by specific regulations made at the state level, this excludes RCRA hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, all DEA scheduled drugs including controlled substances, cauterizers solvents, bulk chemotherapy, waste that contains mercury or other heavy metals, chemicals, batteries, reagents, corrosives, or materials classified as hazardous waste under Federal and State EPA Regulations.
Additionally, Healthcare Waste Management cannot accept liquids in bulk, radioactive materials, or complete human remains (including heads, full torsos, and fetuses). Healthcare Waste Management cannot and will not accept these excluded materials disposed of as regulated medical waste, per this Regulated Waste Acceptance Policy and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
Certain and specific protocol and packaging requirements apply for the disposal of non-hazardous pharmaceuticals. Please contact us for further information.
The generator is responsible for proper segregation and packaging of medical waste. Proper segregation and packaging reduce the risk of harm or unintentional spread of infection.
DOT regulations state the following requirements for segregation and packing: rigid, leak resistant, moisture resistant, of sufficient strength such to prevent tearing under normal conditions of use and for handling, sealed to prevent leakage during transport, and puncture resistant for safety handling sharps.
Should you have questions regarding the Regulated Waste Acceptance Policy or proper segregation and handling of containers, please contact us today and a HWM representative will be happy to help you educate your employees and staff.
The following Biohazard Waste Disposal Chart will help your facility identify, the container types and what goes in each color-coded container. Should you have any questions, contact one of our friendly staff today at 888-427-5797.
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