Any company that works with biological materials will need to ensure they are properly disposing of all waste. Furthermore, items need to be segregated before disposal to make certain they are handled properly. Following are three broad categories of biohazardous waste disposal materials individuals need to be aware of to ensure they are handled correctly at all times.
Any material that is capable of puncturing the skin and contaminating the individual with biological materials that have not been sterilized is considered a sharp. This includes razor blades, needles, and glass slides along with syringes. Any item in this category must be segregated in a sharps container right after use. The container is clearly marked for biohazard materials, features solid walls, and cannot be punctured. Furthermore, the container must be leakproof on both the bottom and sides. Do not fill the container more than three-fourths full.
Non-Sharp Solid Waste
Lab consumables that have been exposed to viable biological materials with nucleic acids fall into this category along with potentially infectious materials from a lab and clinical specimens from the lab. Gloves, pipette tips, and culture flasks that are meant to be disposed of are examples of non-sharp solid waste and … Read the rest