What Companies Need to Know About Biohazardous Waste Disposal

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything could simply go into the regular garbage? Unfortunately, this is not the case. When it comes to biohazardous waste disposal, certain steps must be taken to ensure nobody is harmed. What is considered biohazardous waste and how must it be disposed of?

What is Biohazardous Waste?

Biohazardous waste is defined as any type of waste that may contain a potentially infectious substance or materials. This includes blood, bodily fluids, and more. Sharp wastes, including needles used by diabetics for insulin shots, pipettes, and blades that may lead to the person handling the item being injured are also considered biohazardous waste.

Identifying the Waste Material

Before waste material can enter the landfill, it must be identified. Once this step has been completed, the waste needs to undergo sanitation and removed to a sanitary landfill designed to prevent animals from accessing the waste and also to ensure no infectious materials enter the water stream. Biohazardous waste includes materials used to hold blood, any item that is dripping or saturated in blood, items that were in a contaminated room, and items used in surgical procedures. Furthermore, any item that may be infectious must be disposed of as biohazardous waste material, and most items of this type go into a red biohazard bag. However, anything that may puncture the bag must be placed in a sharps container.

Storing the Waste for Pickup

Biohazard bags cannot simply be placed in the trash either. The bags need to be placed in a special container that identifies the materials enclosed. This ensures the materials are not accidentally placed in a regular landfill and that the workers disposing of the waste know to take care when handling the items.

A special company dealing in biohazardous waste materials must be contacted when the container is full and ready for disposal. Take care when choosing a provider of this type to ensure they are dealing with the materials as required by law. No company wants to find they have taken the necessary steps and their waste disposal provider simply dropped the items at the local landfill. Safety needs to be the top priority at all times, and the right biohazardous waste disposal company ensures it is.