4.4 Handling Biohazardous Waste

Waste must be segregated at the point of origin by the generator. Culture plates and vials containing pathogenic organisms must be autoclaved prior to disposal, using autoclavable bags (orange or red). Place in a redbag-lined biohazard container after autoclaving. Do not use the biohazard box’s red liner for autoclaving.

Prior to disposal waste must be placed directly into the redbag-lined Rubbermaid transport containers.

Contaminated sharps must be placed in a red sharps container or a Winfield Sharps-tainer.

Animal carcasses, body parts, and bedding from animals exposed to pathogens should be disposed of in accordance with the Office of Animal Resources (OAR) procedures. Call OAR for information at 335-7985.

Human tissues and body parts are disposed of in the Anatomy crematory. Call the Deeded Body Program of Anatomy Coordinator at 335-7762.

Human blood, blood products and body fluids greater than 500 ml must be solidified with a product such as Isolyzer and placed in a biohazard box (white with a red plastic liner). Amounts less than 500 ml may be disinfected with a bleach solution (1:10 final dilution) and sewered.