Biohazardous Waste Disposal needs to be taken very seriously and although waste disposal is something that we all do each and every day there is something very different about biohazardous waste disposal in the way that is requires a much higher level of understanding and knowledge. In the case of your regular trash disposal, you will be aware of the need to separate each of the different types of trash items depending on their components. For example you may have a container for plastic waste, cardboard waste, glass waste and non-recyclable waste and these are all to be disposed of in different trash bins and collected accordingly. Each bin that you have will be a different colour to make them easier to identify and there will probably be a local schedule for regular collection. This too is the same for biohazardous waste and there are several different types of biohazardous waste that need to be disposed of in the correct bags and containers and a regular scheduled collection should be made.

The thing with biohazardous waste is that it is not as simple as separating regular trash, that is because biohazardous waste, if it is not disposed of quickly and responsibly, can cause harm, injury or contamination to those that are working in a medical waste environment. That is why knowing how to dispose of biohazardous waste responsibly is very important. Recognising what biohazardous waste and disposing of it correctly helps to keep risks at a minimum and helps to protect the working environment. So, in order to limit this risk you will need to have a clear understanding of what exactly is included in the broad term of biohazardous waste. So then, what are some of the most common types of biohazardous waste that you may come across during your working day.

Biohazardous waste contains a range of different medical wastes. It includes waste such as human blood and blood products and any items that are contaminated with such fluids. It also includes human bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, amniotic fluid, saliva and pleural fluid among a number of others. Pathological waste such as biopsy materials and human tissues from surgery or any other procedure is also recognised as biohazardous waste. Microbiological waste like live and attenuated viruses, discarded cultures and disposable culture dishes will also need to be disposed of as biohazardous waste and a very common type of biohazardous waste is that of sharps waste. Any used needles or sharp objects including scalpels, glass slides and broken glass that has been contaminated in some way with potentially infectious materials. So, as you can see there is a very wide range of waste that is included in biohazardous waste and although you may not specifically work with each type of biohazardous waste, it is very likely that you will work with some of them and being fully aware of the risk of infection and contamination will help to protect you from harm.  

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