A. Infectious Waste
Infectious waste includes the
Laboratory Waste "Laboratory
- Waste cultures and stocks of agents
that are generated from a laboratory and are infectious to humans.
- Discarded contaminated items used to
inoculate, transfer, or otherwise manipulate cultures or stocks of
agents that are infectious to humans.
- Wastes from the production of
biological agents that are infectious to humans.
- Discarded live or attenuated
vaccines that are infectious to humans.
- Wastes that originates from clinical
research laboratory procedures involving communicable infectious agents
unless such waste has been properly decontaminated by an approved
process (e.g. autoclaving).
Blood "Blood" means:
- Human blood and blood components and
products made from human blood.
- Solid waste saturated with dripping
human blood or blood products (e.g. contaminated items that would
release blood in a liquid or a semi-liquid form, if compressed).
- Human blood products include serum,
plasma, and other blood components.
Regulated Human Body Fluids "
Regulated human body fluids" means:
- Blood and blood components.
- Cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid,
pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid,
semen, pus, drainage, vaginal secretion.
- Any body fluids that are visibly
contaminated with blood, that are in containers or that drip freely or
could be released in a liquid or semi-liquid state from soaked solid
Research Animal Waste "
animal waste" means:
- Carcass, body parts, and blood
derived from animals knowingly and intentionally exposed to agents that
are infectious to humans; and/or accidentally or naturally infected
with agents that are infectious to humans for the purpose of research,
diagnostic, production of biologicals and/or testing of
Animal waste generated
at UMD consists of the following:
Research Animal Waste: Animals and animal waste that have not been in
contact with agents that are infectious to humans or are not considered
- Preserved animal
Waste: Preserved animals that have been used in teaching laboratory .
- Radioactive Research
Animal Waste: Animals and animal waste contaminated with radioactive
- Research Animal Waste
Contaminated with Toxic Chemicals
Sharps "Sharps" means:
Any discarded items that can induce sub-dermal inoculation of
infectious agents, or any item that can easily penetrate the skin,
puncture waste bags and cardboard boxes including:
- Needles and syringes
- Surgical, scalpel and razor blades.
- Pasteur pipettes, capillary tubes.
- Slides and cover slips.
- Shards of contaminated glass, and
any other sharps items derived from human or animal patient care, blood
banks, laboratories, mortuaries, research facilities and industrial
are considered infectious waste
whether contaminated with infectious agents or not.
B. Pathological Waste
"Pathological waste" means: Human tissue
and body parts removed by trauma, during surgery or autopsy or studies
and which is intended for disposal. Pathological waste does not include
teeth, hair, or nails.
C. Objectionable Waste
Objectionable waste means:
that the WLLSD will not accept in their main processing plant, this
D. Broken Glass
- Blood administration tubing.
- Tubing or drainage collection
(e.g. hemovacs, J.P. bulbs, and suction canisters), which cannot be
emptied and/ or rinsed from all visible blood.
- Wound dressing/ gauze, which
contains spots of blood greater than 2 inches in diameter.
- Large volumes of tubing disposed
in same container (e.g. waste bag full of IV and/or ventilator tubing).
Any large items
of non-contaminated broken glass containers. This includes bottles,
burettes, beakers, test tubes, etc.