BioHazard and Special Waste
All biologically contaminated waste materials and non-contaminated "medical-like" waste materials (such as needles, syringes, pipettes, pipette tips, petri dishes, etc.) are handled separately from the general waste stream. These wastes are not accepted by the facility to which the College sends its general wastes. Identification of these materials in the general waste stream could jeopardize the Colleges use of that facility facility. Therefore, all such wastes generated on campus are collected in a separate waste stream by arrangement with the Environmental Health and Safety Officer and are removed from campus by a contracted firm for incineration. Special red bagged-boxed containers are used to hold these materials at certain locations until transferred to the contractors for eventual removal from campus.
Definition and Scope
The procedures described in this section apply to all biologically contaminated wastes; biologically noncontaminated medical-like materials that could be perceived as infectious generated from Bridgewater State College.
A standard medical waste box is provided by Environmental Health and Safety, which includes a red plastic bag liner. When the box is full, lab personnel seal the red bag. The box is then closed and taped shut.
Roles and Responsibilities
Environmental Health and Safety Officer
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