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
Wastes Generated by UMD are classified as:
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.
- 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.
- Objectionable Waste (WLSSD definition)
- Broken Glass
- Normal Waste (general refuse).
- Hazardous, radioactive and mixed wastes.
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
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