The procedures for handling biohazard waste are relatively strict, but this is for the safety of workers and the general public. The use of biohazard labels is often needed to make sure everyone near the materials understands what is in the containers. Below are the six steps you need to take to dispose of biohazard waste properly.
1. Set Up Your Biohazard Containment
The containers used to store biohazard waste depends on the facility and their personal preferences. Services that generate a significant amount of biohazard waste, such as plasma and dialysis centers, tend to use cardboard boxes. These will have to be turned over and the bottom flaps secured tightly shut with tape. The tape will ensure the bottom does not fall out as you try and move the box.
2. Line Boxes With Red Biohazard Bag
Line the boxes with a bright red biohazard bag. Any other color can be mistaken for regular waste. Keep an accurate inventory to make sure there are always bags on hand. States vary on the requirements for bag thickness. Make sure these bags are within the guidelines demanded by your local area and state. Once you reach the weight limit, switch to a new box.
3. Clearly Mark Container for Biohazard Waste Only
The only waste you want entering these containers is specific biohazard materials. Sort out the items going to the incinerator and what does not need that particular step. Add the biohazard sharps to the red bag after securing them in a puncture-resistant container. Leave the specified amount of room at the top to avoid overfilling the container.
4. Tie the Biohazard Bag Shut
Bringing the edges of the bag up and pulling it out of the box should only be done after placing a pair of gloves over your hands. carefully grab the four sides of the bag and pull the bag up and free of the box. Twist the entire bag to completely close. Tie the open end of the bag and tape the knot shut. You need to have a complete seal on the bag.
5. Securely Close the Container
Place the sealed bag back down into the box. Tape the box shut and place it in a secure location. Continue this process until all bags fit in their respective boxes. Plastic disposable and reusable containers should be securely closed and locked according to specific device instructions.
6. Make Sure There Are Appropriate Biohazard Labels
After every container is secured shut, check the labeling. There need to be biohazard warnings that are readily visible on all boxes and containers holding these types of waste materials. You will have to add biohazard labels if there is not an adequate amount of markings on the containment devices.
Safety is essential when dealing with biohazard waste. Correct and visible labeling is one way to guarantee there is little chance of accidental contact.