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:
However, medical waste is more-specifically considered waste that is generated in a lab or clinical setting.
There are four categories of waste. Each form is separated, identified, sterilized and recycled appropriately to minimize exposure and risk to the environment and general population.
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. For additional information, please refer to MedPro’s resources or ask about our OSHA Compliance Training services.
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