Are you unsure of how to handle and dispose of biohazardous waste? Here are a few tips and advice!
Biohazardous waste can’t be handled and disposed of like regular waste. It carries a high risk of infecting the person coming in direct contact with it. That is why there is a protocol that must be followed to ensure the safe disposal of the waste as well as the safety of the person handling it.
Biohazardous waste is often found at laboratories, hospitals, and crime scenes. In this article, we are going to guide you through the process of disposing of biohazardous waste.
Let’s dive right in!
Step 1: Identify the Waste Type
Disposing biohazardous waste costs and takes a lot more time. It’s mainly because it involves a lot of steps that the waste has to go through to be finally disposed of. First, it needs to be sanitized. Then, it is put into a specific bag or container. Finally, it reaches a designated landfill to be disposed of.
Here are a few questions to answer in order to identify the type of your biohazard waste:
- Is the object used for keeping blood?
- Is the object saturated or polluted with blood?
- Is the object infectious?
- Does the item come from a contaminated room?
- Was the item used in a surgical procedure?
If you answer yes, then you must put this waste in a biohazard bag or a sharp container depending on the item.
Step 2: Biohazardous Waste Storage
Once you have filled the biohazard bag with the waste, place it inside another container so it can be transported. You are required to do this as per the local and national regulations. It’s also necessary to prevent any spilling or leakage of the waste container.
You can also use a transportation box designed for medical waste to put your biohazard bag. Make sure you label the container as biohazard waste. It’s also important to check with local authorities for any further state regulations that you may have to follow.
Step 3: Disposing of the Biohazard Waste
When you have put all the waste in the right container, then call a local biohazard company to come and pick up the waste. They will ensure that the waste is disposed of in the right landfill.