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Biohazard waste is the one that is contaminated with blood or infectious materials and is a source of medical waste. It can be generated in many places inside your facility. In pathology laboratories that analyze human or animal cultures for presence of pathogens, in research labs that develop vaccines or study infection agents, in operating/autopsy rooms where infected tissues are removed or Patient rooms in hospital during patient care. If improperly managed this can be a potential source for many infectious diseases that affect the society. Therefore, a proper disposal system for the different categories of biohazard wastes must be in place to prevent infectious diseases.
Categories of Biohazard Waste:
There are four types of biohazard waste based on the physical form of waste. Each form is segregated, identified, sterilized and recycled appropriately to minimize exposure and risk to the environment and general population.
Solid waste includes non-sharp items contaminated with any body fluids or any microbiological culture material (including recombinant DNA). For example, gloves, pipettes, towels, culture plates contaminated with biological specimens.
Liquid waste includes bulk quantities of blood, blood products, body fluids from human & animal research origin.
Sharps waste includes any materials that can puncture or pierce through skin that can cause injury during handling. It’s contaminated with biological material that can risk transmission or release to the environment. For example, needles, syringes, scalpels, microscopic slides, small broken glass or tubes.
Pathological waste includes all human body parts, organs & tissues, materials that may have come from surgical procedures, biopsy materials.
Biohazardous Waste Labels:
Biohazardous waste labels with either the words “Biohazardous Waste,” or biohazard symbol.
The (BIOHAZARD) symbol must be used to signify the actual presence of a biohazard and to identify equipment, containers, rooms, materials that are contaminated with viable hazardous agents.
A biohazardous waste label
ABDOS Life Science has a range of Biohazard waste management utilities ranging from Biohazard Disposable Bags in PP, Autoclavable bags in PP, Transport re-sealable bags in PE and a range of Sharp disposable containers in PP.
ABDOS Biohazard Disposable Bags, PP
1.Polypropylene bags include black biohazard symbol and precautionary procedures printed in four languages (English, Spanish, French, German) for added safety.
2.These bags are easy to open and close and used to dispose biohazard waste and other plastic laboratory disposables.
3.High temperature steam autoclavable to 135˚C (275˚F).
4.Pass ASTM 1922 Tear Resistance and ASTM 1709 Dart Impact Tests.
Autoclavable Bags, PP
These polypropylene autoclave bags made of 2 mil thickness are used for discarding used petri dishes, membrane filters, cell culture flasks, pipettes, culture plates & other plastic products.
Transport/ Re-sealable Bags with Zip Lock, PE
1.These Bags can be used to store and ship samples, solids and food/suitable for use with food.
2.Though it can be used for all applications it is especially used in food, water, forensic science and quality control laboratory.
3.Using the rim and channel closure the bag can be closed by finger pressure
and reopened repeatedly.
4.Content stored in the bag would be dust free and free of contaminates.
Sharp Container, PP
1.A complete Line of Containers for needle, sharps and cutting waste, hospital waste.
2.Secure lock on lid makes it safe to discard with sharp waste.
3.Special design on lid makes it user-friendly to use with one hand while disposing sharp needles.
4.Opening design inhibits hand entry to reduce the risk of needle stick when disposing sharps.
5.Clear top and translucent containers allow you to monitor the fill level.
6.Puncture-resistant, durable polypropylene, can be autoclaved or incinerated.
7.Clearly marked with biohazard label.
Source: ABDOS Life Science
Authors: Akansha Kumari (Marketing Team)
Bijoy Varma (Marketing & Strategy