Why Do We Use Biohazard Bags?

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Dispose of Facilities Waste

Healthcare providers and facilities alike produce medical/biohazardous waste daily. This medical/biohazardous cannot be disposed of with your normal garbage due to many factors. This waste must be disposed of in a separate specified container/bags. Unlike your normal trash bags, these biohazard bags must be equipped to handle potentially dangerous material.

To Stay Compliant

There are many different reasons why facilities must use biohazard bags. One of the more prominent reasons is to stay compliant on state and federal levels. While there is an overseeing agency for the United States, each state is given the ability to govern regulations for medical waste disposal.

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the agency that gives foundation for all the requirements of all facilities. OSHA’s mission is to assure safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.

Forms of Biohazard Bags

Depending on the state, biohazardous waste bags must either be red, clear or bright orange and labeled with ether the words “Biohazardous Waste”, or with a biohazard symbol and the word “Biohazard”. There are two different colors that theses bags must be, depending of certain variables. Red biohazard bags must be used for medical waste, which is regulated by the California Department of Health Services. Then, clear biohazard bags are used for biohazardous waste that is not regulated by the California Department of Health Services.

Specifically, there are many types of bags depending of the conditions: Medical/Biohazardous waste pickup containers, laboratory biohazardous waste containers, solid medical/biohazardous waste disposal, disinfecting biohazardous waste containers, liquid medical/biohazardous waste disposal, pharmaceuticals drug disposal bags, and medical/biohazardous waste contaminated with Radioactive or chemical materials.

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