The University of Iowa

Biohazardous Waste

The University of Iowa generates biohazardous waste as the result of teaching, research, and healthcare. The UI’s biohazardous waste management plan has been prepared in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations. EHS manages infectious, medical, and biohazardous waste disposal. Biohazardous waste is placed in red or grey tubs for disposal.

In most UI buildings FM custodial staff transport red or grey tubs of biohazardous waste to collection points, usually located in a dock area. Hospital staff should follow UIHC procedures for biohazardous waste disposal. For more details on disposal procedures, refer to the Biohazardous Waste Guide.


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    • Training is required initially then every three years thereafter. In order to finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the Record of Employee Training and Certification for Shipping Biohazardous Waste Tubs found within the training to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
    • Audience: All laboratory staff, including undergraduates, and other non-laboratory staff that generate and/or handle biohazardous waste tubs.

For further training and registration information, go to EHS Safety Training.