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Biohazard Waste

August 5, 2021

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Biohazard Waste

Biohazard waste is any waste that is contaminated or could be contaminated with agents and/or pathogens that are infectious and can be considered a danger to people, animals, and the environment. Also referred to as “infectious waste,” there are state and federal laws that dictate the requirement that biohazard waste only be collected and disposed of by a professional, licensed, and trained medical waste disposal company such as Healthcare Waste Management. Unlike standard medical waste, which are items that are not contaminated and typically generated in the medical industry, including clinical and laboratory settings, biohazard waste is extremely deadly and must be handled and disposed of so that it is rendered harmless.

Waste Types

All organizations are required to comply with all state and federal guidelines regarding the handling, storing, transporting, and disposal of biohazard waste. This form of waste has been divided into categories, and each has specific rules that must be followed for disposal:

Standard Medical Waste

To recognize the difference and dangers of biohazard waste disposal, it’s important to differentiate biohazard from standard medical waste.  Biohazard waste requires a high level of knowledge by staff for the handling and storage and must be collected and disposed of by a licensed medical waste company such as Healthcare Waste Management under very specific requirements. While standard medical waste is also collected and disposed of by professional medical waste disposal companies, this waste is not contaminated.

Examples of standard medical waste can include but is not limited to:

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