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What Is Biohazard Waste?

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Biohazard waste, also known as infectious or biomedical waste, is any type of waste that involves infectious or potentially infectious materials or substances. Examples include bodily fluids, such as blood, infectious agents, pathological waste, animal waste, sharps and DNA or RNA samples.  Proper handling will avoid spreading infection. It’s important to know the different types of…

What Is the Difference Between Hazardous and Biohazardous Waste?

Hazardous vs Biohazardous Waste
Different types of waste are regulated to protect us and the environment from exposure to them. Hazardous and biohazardous materials can put people, animals, and the environment at risk. You have to determine what kind of waste you’re dealing with and how to store and dispose of it properly. There are specific protocols and regulations…

What is a PFAS and how does it Impact your Community?

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A number of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) comprise of various man-made chemical substances that include PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and a number of other chemicals, and they have been created and used in several different industries around the world since as far back as the 1940s.  These chemicals are extremely persistent in the human body…

How Vaccinations are Increasing the Demand for Medical Waste Disposal

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The COVID vaccine schedule is well on track in the US at the moment and is expected to increase exponentially within the very near future. More than 80 million vaccines had been administered between December 2020 and March 2021 and the US government plans to administer a further three million vaccines per day by the…

Biohazard Waste Examples

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What is Biohazard Waste? Some States define Biohazard waste specifically. Below are a few examples from California and Iowa for examples only. As always call MedPro or check with your health department on your specific state requirements. California’s definition of “Biohazardous waste” includes all of the following: Regulated medical waste, clinical waste, or biomedical waste…

Biohazard Waste Disposal Guide

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Originally Posted 02/16 updated 05/18 Biohazard waste is waste that is contaminated with blood or other infectious materials. The infectious materials pose a risk of spreading disease in humans, animals and the environment. Biohazard waste is typically treated in an autoclave process which renders the waste harmless and then it is disposed of.  Medical waste…

Biohazard Bags

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Article previously published 2016 – updated 2018 Biohazard Bags – Why are Most Red? Biohazardous waste bags must be either RED or clear (orange bags are not allowed) and labeled with either the words “Biohazardous Waste,” or with a biohazard symbol and the word “Biohazard.” These bags must be disposable and impervious to moisture, and…

World Health Organization Information on Biohazardous Waste

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the leader around the globe in establishing baseline hazardous waste identifiers and the safest methods for management. Their information and guidelines are used on a global scale to keep people and the planet safe. WHO is committed to the evaluation and recommended actions on the methods of safe and…

Need to Know Information on Regulated Medical Waste

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Need to Know Information on Regulated Medical Waste  The RMW compliance rules are both simple and complex and although most are common, they can vary from state to state. Knowing where to turn to in understanding the basics is a priority. The term ‘RMW’ stands for regulated medical waste. It is also known as ‘infectious’…

The Effects of Biohazard Waste on the Environment

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Biohazardous waste, also known as infectious or biomedical waste, is any waste that contains infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood. Of particular concern are sharps such as scalpel blades, needles, glass pipettes, or any other waste material that may cause an injury during handling.   Biohazardous waste must be handled according to strict federal, state and local regulations. Mishandled biohazard waste poses…
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