4.3 Biohazardous Waste Types

  1.   Cultures, stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals, including but not limited to:

  • Specimens from medical, pathology and research laboratories 
  • Disposable culture dishes 
  • Devices used to transfer, inoculate, and mix cultures 
  • Wastes from the production of biologicals
  • Discarded live and attenuated vaccines

  2.   Human blood, blood products, and body fluids.

  3.   All sharps (contaminated and uncontaminated) such as:  

  • Needles and syringes  
  • Scalpels, razors and microtome blades  
  • Pasteur pipettes  
  • Slides and cover slips  
  • Shards of contaminated broken glass

  4.   Animal carcasses, body parts, and bedding from animals exposed to pathogens in research.

  5.   Other laboratory waste including but not limited to:  

  • Specimen containers  
  • Disposable gloves, lab coats, masks and aprons  
  • Disposable pipettes  
  • All cell culture materials  
  • All microorganisms constructed using recombinant DNA

  6.   All materials that have been steam sterilized.

Biohazardous waste that is contaminated with radioactive materials must be managed as radioactive waste through EHS. Refer to the section on radioactive waste. Biohazardous waste that is contaminated with chemicals that are EPA hazardous wastes must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Refer to the section on hazardous waste.