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What to Do When Your Business Generates Biohazardous Waste

December 2, 2021

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What to Do When Your Business Generates Biohazardous Waste

What to Do When Your Business Generates Biohazardous Waste. Biohazardous waste is waste that carries a significant risk of infection. Waste may include infectious agents, contaminated materials, and other materials related to the treatment or diagnosis of infectious diseases. Biohazardous waste typically includes items like used needles, blood-soaked bandages, and other items that carry a risk of transmitting disease by coming into contact with broken skin or mucous membranes.

No matter how small your business is, it’s important to be aware of what biohazardous waste is and how you can properly dispose of it. If you are uncertain about what types of waste are considered biohazardous, you can use the medical waste segregation chart.

Define What Biohazardous Waste Is

According to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, biohazardous waste is

Biohazardous Waste Laws and Regulations

Biohazardous waste is considered a type of waste that is infectious or potentially infectious material. There are federal and state laws that regulate how this type of waste is collected, stored, handled, and disposed of.

Each state has their own set of guidelines for handling biohazardous materials, so it can be difficult to keep up with all the rules and regulations. This means that it is imperative to check your state’s laws before collecting and disposing of any biohazardous items.

For small businesses that generate a small amount of biohazardous waste, like body piercing shops these laws can be a confusing at first because they are not like a healthcare facility who deals with this type of waste all the time.

This makes it difficult for small business owners who want to dispose of infectious or contaminated waste properly. Luckily, there are resources available like Healthcare Waste management that make it easy for you to find out if your waste is considered biohazardous and what you need to do with it.

How to Handle and Dispose of Biohazardous Waste

The first way to handle biohazardous waste is by segregating it from general waste. This includes separating biohazard waste in the proper containers and when full sealing it for storage before it is picked up by a medical waste disposal company.

You should store your used needles and other sharp objects in the sharps container and seal it when at the full mark. This will reduce the risk of accidental needle sticks and exposure to potentially infectious materials.

You can use a biohazardous bag for disposal that is designed red in color and bears the biohazard logo on it, indicating that it’s biohazardous waste. It’s important to check with your local medical waste disposal company for specific guidelines about how to secure and store the biohazard bag/box after use.

A way to treat biohazardous waste is by steam sterilization which is called autoclaving, this process uses very high temperatures and pressure for sterilization. Here at Healthcare Waste Management, we own our own treatment plants including autoclaves and microwaves that will treat your biohazardous waste to make it non-infectious.


Biohazardous waste is a concern that all businesses no matter how big or small should take into consideration. With the help of a medical waste disposal company and their knowledge of the regulations, your business can avoid any possible fines for improper biohazard waste disposal and potential contamination.

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