Proper disposal of biohazard waste is crucial to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and protect public health. Superior Medical Waste Disposal specializes in the safe and compliant handling of biohazard waste. Contact us today for a biohazard waste disposal quote.
What is Biohazard Waste?
Biohazard, also called infectious waste (such as blood, body fluids, and human cell lines), is waste contaminated with potentially infectious agents or other materials that are deemed a threat to public health or the environment.
The red biohazard bags and containers seen throughout healthcare facilities are used to safely store Biohazard Waste. Sharps are stored into puncture-resistant containers prior to being placed inside the red biohazard bin for added protection. The waste is removed on a scheduled basis and replaced with a clean container at every service.
Biohazard Producer Best Practices
Prior to producing, storing, or removing your facilities biohazard, make sure to contact your local environmental authority for any questions on the regulations and laws. Ask about the handling procedures on Biohazard Waste for your particular state. For example, in Michigan, medical waste producers are only allowed to store biohazard up to 90 days before they have to have it properly removed by a licensed medical waste hauler.
Treatment & Disposal of Biohazard Waste
Treating biohazard typically involves an autoclave. This machine steam heats the waste at extreme temperatures for a long enough time to completely disinfect all potential biological threats. After the waste has been steam treated it is considered regular waste and is disposed of in a sanitary landfill. At Superior, our biohazard is autoclaved as well as shredded to reduce waste volume by 70% before going to the landfill. Learn more about our process here.
Superior Can Help With All Biohazard Concerns
We know more than anyone how complicated Regulated Medical Waste regulations can be. At Superior, we are professionals in biohazard knowledge. We are up-to-date on all federal and local RMW laws. If your facility needs help classifying, storing, transporting, or staying compliant: contact us today for a free consultation.