BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE

1.    Biohazardous Waste Definitions
2.    Procedures for the Safe Disposal of Biohazardous Waste
3.    Agents Required to be Autoclaved Prior to Disposal
4.    Decontamination, Sterilization, Disinfection

Biohazardous Waste Definitions

The following categories are considered potentially infectious by definition according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and must be packaged as biohazard waste.

Waste material must be disposed in a responsible safe manner. The following list of definitions is not all inclusive.

Human Waste All human blood, blood by-products, cells, cell lines, tissues, body fluids, secretions, pathogens, excretions, organs, and cadavers.  All items contaminated with human waste are also considered to be potentially infectious biohazard waste.
Sharps Waste All needles, syringes (with or without the attached needle), glass or plastic pipettes, scalpel blades, needles with attached tubing, rigid plasticware, capillary tubes, suture needles, blood vials, slides, cover slips and broken or unbroken glass.
Microbiological Waste All materials containing or in contact with cultures and stocks of microbiological organisms and their toxins. Also, all materials that were cultured or items contaminated by specimens.
Biological Materials Waste All discarded vaccines, immune globulins, plasma, albumin blood or tissue fractionation products, enzyme preparations, plant pathogens and its toxins, arthropods, allergens, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids, transgenic plants and animals, etc.
Animal Waste All animal carcasses, tissues, blood, blood by-products, body fluids, pathogens, protein allergens, and all items contaminated with these substances.
Animal Pathogen Contaminated Waste All bedding and other materials contaminated with blood, excreta or secretions of animals infected with transmissible human or animal pathogens.

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