Biological Waste

Disposal Of Potentially Infectious Human Materials Or Other Biohazardous Wastes

All wastes contaminated with human infectious materials destined for disposal are to be placed in closable, leakproof containers or bags that are labeled with the biohazard symbol or are orange or red-orange. If contamination of the outside of the container is likely, it shall be over-bagged as described under transportation. Disposal shall be in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations. Materials may be autoclaved (steam sterilized).

Other waste contaminated with biological agents at Biosafety Level 2 or above are to be handled in a similar manner.

Sharps Disposal

Sharps contaminated with human blood, other potentially infectious human materials, or biological agents at Biosafety Level 2 or above are to be disposed of immediately after use in closable, puncture resistant, disposable containers that are leakproof on the sides and bottom. The containers are red or labeled with the biohazard symbol. They are easily accessible to personnel and located in the immediate area of use. They are not allowed to overfill, and are replaced routinely. Call EHS at x3064 for disposal of containers.

Laundry

Laundry contaminated with human blood, other potentially infectious human materials, or biological agents at Biosafety Level 2 or above ishandled as little as possible and with a minimum of agitation.

Contaminated laundry is bagged at the location where it was used. It is not sorted or rinsed in any patient-care area. Bags contain the biohazard symbol or are orange or red-orange. If the laundry is wet or may soak through the bag, the bag is leakproof.

In general, overtly contaminated laundry is disinfected or sterilized prior to submission to a commercial cleaning service. Sharps are never included with laundry. Contact Environmental Health and Safety if questions arise regarding contaminated laundry.

Transportation Of Potentially Infectious Human Materials

Specimens of blood or other potentially infectious materials are to be placed in a closeable, leakproof container. The container is labeled with the biohazard symbol or color-coded red (orange) as an infectious hazard prior to being stored or transported. If contamination of the outside of the container is likely, a second, leakproof container (also labeled or color-coded) is placed over the outside of the first and closed to prevent leakage during handling, storage, or transport. Any materials which may puncture a container is placed in a puncture-resistant container which also conforms to the above specifications.

Page Updated 08.06.2012