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The purpose of this plan is to insure the proper management of infectious, pathological and objectionable waste from its point of generation throughout its off site transportation and destruction, in compliance with Minnesota Statutes, Sections 16.76 to 116.83 and 145.1621 and parts 4622.0100 to 4622.1200, governing the management of infectious and pathological wastes and the development of generator management plan.

Hazardous, radioactive, mixed, and normal wastes will not be addressed in this plan.


Proper waste handling and disposal procedures are necessary to ensure that infectious, pathological, objectionable and normal wastes generated at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and its satellite research facilities are collected, stored, transported, and disposed of in such a manner to minimize potential health risk to patients, staff, students, and the general public, in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD).

Wastes Generated by UMD are classified as:

  1. Infectious waste (laboratory waste, blood, regulated body fluids, research animal waste and sharps) or pathological waste as defined by the Minnesota Infectious Waste Control Act of 1989, sections 116.76 to 166.83.
  2. Objectionable Waste (WLSSD definition)
  3. Broken Glass
  4. Normal Waste (general refuse).
  5. Hazardous, radioactive and mixed wastes.
All employees and laboratory personnel involved in the use, management, and disposal if Infectious, objectional and/or pathological wastes shall be made familiar with, and must strictly adhere to the guidelines of this plan.


The responsibility for safe handling, use, disposal and appropriate management of infectious waste in the laboratory or service area lies with the generator of that waste.

Scientists, researchers and principal investigators will undertake projects involving the use of biohazards and the generation of infectious waste only if all personnel directly or indirectly involved in the generation, handling and disposal of known and potentially infectious or bio-hazardous materials have had the necessary training, and were made familiar with the requirements of this plan to insure that safe and prudent work practices are followed.

Supervisors are also responsible for making sure that employees under their supervision, who are involved in the management, disposal and transportation of infectious waste, have received adequate instructions and become sufficiently proficient in prudent practices to allow them to work safely.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.