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What is the difference between Biohazard and Hazardous?



October 23, 2020



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What is the difference between Biohazard and hazardous?

What is the difference between Biohazard and Hazardous? The federal government has defined a number of types of wastes that can be dangerous to people, animals, the community and the environment. Two of these waste types are biohazard and hazardous wastes. Each type of waste has specific laws and guidelines that are critical in regards to identifying, handling, the labeling, transportation, treatment, and ultimate disposal that will render them harmless.

Hazardous waste is identified as any type of waste that contains dangerous elements. These can include but are not limited to chemicals, heavy metals, contaminants, and radioactive products. They can be in the form of a solid, liquid, or gas, and can emerge from any unknown or known source such as factories, chemical plants, and industries.

Biohazardous waste is a type of waste that can contain any agent that is potentially infectious to humans, animals, the community, or the environment. A majority of biohazardous waste are derived from medical facilities, but can be sourced at any location that deals with these types of agents. The materials can be solid, liquid, or in a gas state and are those that can directly affect living organisms.

Where the hazards originate:

Biohazardous waste is waste that comes from animals or humans, and can include liquids, solids, and even biological cultures. This type of waste is also known as medical waste, infectious waste, red bag waste, pathological waste, and biohazard.

Hazardous waste is waste from sources such as radioactive testing centers, industries, and factories. These are typically private companies and organizations, but can also be those run and operated by the government.

The Dangers:

Hazardous wastes are those that can harm all aspects of the environment including air, soil, and water, which will then affect the health of living creatures through exposure, consumption, and inhalation.

Biohazardous waste can directly affect living creatures through contamination and infection and include materials that can transmit the infections. Biohazardous waste can also include other elements that can act to slowly degrade both human and animal health as well as the environment.

Methods of Disposal:

Biohazardous waste is typically disposed of through the use of a licensed, trained and professional biohazard waste disposal company. Some larger facilities may have on-site disposal methods that comply with all local, state, and federal guidelines. There are a number of methods used to render biohazardous waste harmless so that it can then be disposed of at a sterile landfill.

Hazardous waste may be treated by the industry generating it through the use of various methods. Unlike biohazardous waste, there may not be specialized agencies or companies designated for the hazardous waste, however, the generator of the waste is required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws so that it is handled and properly disposed of so that it doesn’t cause harm to people, animals, the community, or the environment. It should be noted that both state and federal government laws of compliance are required and there are specific organizations responsible for monitoring and enforcing the regulation laws of handling hazardous waste.


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