Op2.07-2 Bio-Waste

Biohazardous waste is defined as any solid waste that causes or has the capability of causing an infectious disease or that can reasonably be suspected of harboring human pathogenic organisms. Generally it means discarded material from teaching and research laboratories, and not household or office trash, waste from Food Services, Physical Plant, bedding, litter and manure from noninfectious animals. 

The term includes but is not limited to:

  • All non-liquid animal/human tissue and body parts
  • Laboratory and veterinary waste which contains human disease-causing agents
  • Human blood, human blood products, body fluids and items saturated and/or dripping with human blood
  • Potentially infectious agents (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi, prions)
  • Human Pathogens
  • Oncogenic Viruses
  • Animal Cell Cultures
  • Plant Pathogens
  • Labware (not defined as a sharp) that has come into contact with the aforementioned waste streams (e.g., broken or unbroken glassware that were in contact with infectious agents, contaminated plastic pipettes, pipette tips, Petri dishes, centrifuge tubes, eppendorf tubes, disposable gloves, and wipes)
  • Organisms or products with recombinant DNA biotechnology and genetic manipulation
  • Cultures and stocks of infectious agents
  • Lab animal waste and bedding
  • Infectious microbiological waste (including contaminated disposable culture dishes and disposable devices used to transfer, inoculate and mix cultures
  • Discarded live and attenuated vaccines 
  • Used slides and cover slips
  • Specimen containers
  • Syringes, hypodermic needles, scalpel blades, and other sharps
  • Preparations from genetically-altered living organisms

Following are additional links related to biohazardous wastes:

Bio-safety -

Environmental health -

Center for Disease Control – A to Z site index -