Biohazardous waste, also called Infectious waste or Biomedical waste is generated at wide range of health care facilities. Hospitals, private physicians’, dental practices, blood & organ banks, veterinary clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. The 1988 Medical Waste Tracking Act defines it as waste generated during medical research, testing, diagnosis, immunization, or treatment of either human beings or animals. Some examples:
- Blood soaked materials/bandages
- Materials contaminated with OPIM (semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal
- fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures
- Sharps, needles, scalpels, scissors
- Tubing or lines containing blood or other OPIM
- Culture dishes, glassware, contaminated gloves
Chemotherapeutic Waste is regulated medical waste generated during the administration of chemotherapeutic drugs and cytotoxic agents. “Chemo” waste, as it has come to be known, is managed and treated separately from standard regulated medical waste. Chemo waste is required by law to be treated by means of incineration. At Approved, we ship all Chemotherapeutic waste directly to our affiliate incineration facility.
Pathological Waste is regulated medical waste, so it may contain blood or bodily fluid, but it also contains tissue or tissue samples that were previously under medical examination. This waste type also must be treated by means of incineration. At Approved, we ship all Pathological waste directly to our affiliate incineration facility.