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What Is Biohazardous Waste?

Stay Safe & Avoid Biohazardous Waste

Being exposed to biohazardous waste can be very harmful to your health and it’s important to avoid it where possible. There are many different forms of biohazardous waste and many types are unknown to many people, therefore it’s important to understand what biohazardous waste is and the different types that exist to avoid harm to yourself or others. If you’re unsure whether something is biohazardous, it’s very important that you contact a professional to ensure the safe removal and disposal of said materials.

Biohazardous waste is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood.

Different Types of Biohazardous Waste

  • Human blood and blood products – Serum, plasma and other blood components.
  • Human bodily fluids – Semen, vaginal secretions, cerebral spinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, and saliva from dental procedures.
  • Microbiological wastes – Wastes from a laboratory that contain or have been contaminated with infectious agents.
  • Pathological waste – Human tissue, organs, and body parts.
  • Animal waste – Animal carcasses, body parts, and any bedding material used by animals which have been inoculated with human pathogenic microorganisms infectious to humans.
  • Sharps waste – Needles, blades, glass pipettes, and any other wastes that could cause injury during handling.

Disposing of Biohazardous Waste

If you’ve determined that a material is biohazardous, cleaning and disposing of that material should be done safely and professionally. Due to the potential risks involved with handling biohazardous waste, it is highly recommended to contact a licensed and certified biohazardous cleanup service. There are many regulations in place as to the proper transportation and disposal of biohazardous waste and therefore should be done by an experienced biohazardous waste management company.

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