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Biohazard Waste Disposal Guidelines

October 4, 2021

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Biohazard Waste Disposal Guidelines

Biohazard waste is any item that contains or may contain infectious diseases or the ability to transmit infectious diseases. While many biohazard items are generated in medical facilities, they are also generated in any facility that deals with human or animal body fluids or parts as well as laboratories. There are strict state and federal guidelines established on defining each biohazard type, how each is handled and stored, as well as the procedures required to render it harmless for ultimate disposal.

Biohazard Categories:

The first step in disposal is to identify the type of biohazard waste. There are four biohazard waste categories and each one requires specific handling, storage, and disposal:

Biohazard Disposal Procedures:

While each state is responsible for supplying the strict guidelines for the disposal of biohazard waste, there are some common procedures that are shared with most states. All states work in conjunction with many federal agencies for compliance procedures.

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