Biohazard Waste, Defined
Biohazard waste is generally defined as any waste contaminated with potentially infectious agents or materials that may pose a threat to public health or the environment. Biohazardous waste includes:
- Medical waste
- Other Biohazardous Substances
However, medical waste is more-specifically considered waste that is generated in a lab or clinical setting.
How is Biohazard Waste Generated?
According to the World Health Organization, of all waste generated by healthcare activities, 85% is general, non-hazardous waste but the remaining 15% is hazardous and may be infectious, toxic, or radioactive. Biohazard waste, also known as “Bio waste” or “Biomedical waste” is generated by:
- Healthcare Facilities (hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, physician offices, dentist offices, home health care facilities)
- Medical Research Laboratories / Centers (including animal research & testing laboratories and schools & universities)
- Mortuary & Autopsy Centers and Funeral Homes
- Blood Banks and Collection Services
- Jails and Prisons
- Veterinarian Offices, Animal Shelters, and Animal Hospitals
Biohazard waste can also be present at the scene of a violent crime, industrial accident, trauma, or suicide. [i] [ii]
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Biohazard waste is often infectious, and infectious waste often contains a wide variety of pathogenic microorganisms. These pathogens can spread diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, and more. Healthcare waste may also contain bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
Therefore, it is important for healthcare facilities to take caution while handling biohazardous material and that only trained personnel handle and transcript this type of waste for disposal.
Additionally, there are important Biomedical waste disposal guidelines you must follow. Biohazard disposal is not something you should take lightly.
Because of the importance of carefully following stringent best-practices and meeting compliance regulations surrounding biohazard waste management and disposal, most hospitals and medical establishments choose to contract out their waste disposal with biomedical waste solutions from organizations such as MedPro Disposal.
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- Hazard Awareness and Management Manual (HAMM): VI. Hazardous Waste Directory: 8.0 Biohazardous Waste. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Retrieved from https://extranet.fhcrc.org/EN/sections/ehs/hamm/chap6/section8.html.
- (November 2015). Media Centre: Fact sheets: Health-care waste. World Health Organization. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs253/en/.
- U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment. (September 1990). Finding the Rx for Managing Medical Wastes. (OTA-O-459). Washington, DC: USGPO.
- Safe management of wastes from health-care activities: 7 – Handling, storage, and transportation of health-care waste. World Health Organization. Retrieved from WHO.
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