Biohazard Waste Disposal Services – How to Keep Safe. Pathogens, bacteria, and other contaminants may be present in biohazardous waste. These are very dangerous to human health and the environment. Proper handling and disposal of this biohazard waste is essential to preventing the spread of these harmful pathogens. Handling of biohazardous waste must be done safely, fortunately there are professionals you can hire who specialize in this type of work. Here at Healthcare Waste Management, we offer biohazard waste disposal services with a range of other services designed to keep your workplace safe.
Biohazardous wastes are substances that contain living organisms or pathogens that can cause disease in humans, plants, or animals. These substances include human blood and body fluids; soiled dressings and bandages; cultures and stocks of infectious agents; laboratory wastes with microorganisms or their toxins, animal carcasses, organs, and tissues.
According to University of California San Diego, Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste (such as blood, body fluids, and human cell lines), is waste contaminated with potentially infectious agents or other materials that are deemed a threat to public health or the environment.
Follow these steps to ensure you handle your biohazard waste safely and responsibly:
Compliance and Training. Each facility will have its own set of training requirements and then there are federal requirements depending on the waste type and information one is expected to be exposed too. We have provided a quick reference list below.
Supply a list of the types of infectious wastes that could be generated.
Train in the segregation, packaging, labeling, collection, storage, and transportation procedures for each waste type.
Advise on pickup schedules and what to do if storage room is getting full.
OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This federal regulation applies to all employers whose employees have the potential to be exposed to blood and other potentially infectious material. This CFR is extensive and more can be found on OSHA’s website here. We have highlighted some quick points below.
Employers must provide bloodborne pathogens training, certification.
The employer shall make available the hepatitis B vaccine at no cost to the employee.
The employer shall have available at no cost to the employee proper PPE for the task being done.
Each employer having an employee/s with occupational exposure shall establish a written Exposure Control Plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.
Each employer shall ensure that a copy of the Exposure Control Plan is accessible to employees.
The Exposure Control Plan shall be reviewed and updated at least annually and whenever necessary to reflect new or modified tasks and procedures.
Provide an explanation of the signs and labels and/or color-coding system
If you have multiple waste types in one generation area a poster or sign above the containers will help ensure proper segregation.
Place the appropriate biohazard containers in generation areas
A simple example of this is a biohazard bag or box and a sharps container, they serve different purposes, but both are needed for proper segregation.
Dispose of biohazard waste immediately after use, by the person who used it
This is to ensure someone else does not accidently come into contact with it.
Remove containers and replace with new when two thirds full
Over filling biohazard containers is dangerous and increases the chance of accidental exposure.
Identify the paths that will be taken when transporting biohazard waste in-house from generation points to storage rooms
This path should minimize exposure to public areas where possible.
Biohazardous waste is a waste that poses a risk of contaminating the environment or people with dangerous pathogens and should be disposed of in a proper manner. The Biohazard Waste Disposal Services of Healthcare Waste Management offers biohazardous waste disposal services for both small and large quantity generators. Hiring the services of healthcare Waste Management can help your facility in staying safe and in compliance with current rules and regulations.
University of California San Diego – Biohazardous and Medical Waste Overview. Accessed 3-1-22. https://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/research-lab/hazardous-waste/disposal-guidance/medical/index.html
Occupational Safety and Health Administration website. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens – Standards | Occupational Safety. Accessed 3-1-22. https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.1030
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