In general, infectious wastes are materials from humans or animals that are likely to contain infectious agents that are capable of transmitting disease. Also, it includes sharps used in the treatment, transfer, or inoculation of human and animal infectious agents.
Handling and Disposal of Infectious Waste Segregation/Packaging (Untreated Waste)
Infectious waste should be separated from non-infectious waste to reduce the quantity that ultimately will need to be disposed. Infectious waste other than "Sharps" in securely closed biohazard or red plastic bags will need to be labeled with the international Biohazard symbol. The bags should be placed in a biohazard box and the top taped shut. A label should be affixed to the biohazard box and identified as to the room and building. All sharp infectious waste and all unused discarded hypodermic needles, syringes, and scalpel blades are to be discarded in a "Sharps" container. Such a container can be any rigid or sealable container labeled as "Sharps" and displaying the international symbol.
Infectious waste must be stored in a manner that maintains the integrity of the packing. The waste must be maintained in a non-putrescent state, using refrigeration or freezing if necessary. Outside storage areas must be locked to prevent unauthorized access. Storage areas must be designated, identified, and labeled by posting Biohazard warning signs. Infectious waste should be stored in a manner that affords protection from animals and unauthorized individuals. Infectious waste may not be stored more than 14 days. No more than seven times the treatment facility's total maximum daily throughput capacity shall be stored for treatment.
Generators of infectious waste may discharge untreated liquid or semi-liquid infectious wastes, consisting of blood, blood products, body fluids, and excreta into the sanitary sewer. Treated infectious waste, except sharps, can be placed in the general refuse. All treated materials must be double bagged with the outside bag being opaque. No visible red bags or Biohazard bags are permitted. All other properly packaged infectious waste shall be picked up by EH and S for incineration following a pickup request to EH and S.