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What you should know about biohazard waste containers

Biohazard waste falls into the category of Regulated Medical Waste as defined by DoT (Department of Transportation). Even with the usage of biohazard waste containers, transporting these substances needs to fulfill particular regulatory training requirements. To transport biohazard waste, medical waste disposal companies are required to undergo a regulated medical waste handling training program and be certified.


Things that should be put in Biohazard waste containers

The following waste is considered to be hazardous and required to be put in appropriate biohazard waste containers.

  • Laboratory waste that contains microbiologic specimens, various cultures, stocks of infectious agents, all the vaccines, used test tubes and Petri dishes
  • Contaminated tools and equipment
  • Personal protective tools and equipment like sharps, gloves, used bandages
  • All the types of chemotherapy waste and pathological waste


Best way to pack biohazard containers

  1. It is COMPULSORY to equip biohazard waste containers with a red color biohazard bag lining to assure a better protection.
  2. Before the materials are added, applying an HML (Hazardous Material Label) on containers is necessary. Usually, on the boxes, the labels are attached to the side and when it comes to the tubs, the labels should be placed on the bag to be visible on the hanging part.
  3. Never overload the container and be sure not to exceed 40 lbs in weight.
  4. It is important to tie and seal the red bag perfectly to avoid possible spilling
  5. All the bio hazard containers must be perfectly closed. The flaps of the boxes should be inserted correctly and the lids of the tubs must be tightened perfectly.
  6. There shouldn’t be any fractures on the tubs and must not be leaking


Certified medical waste disposal companies always pay special attention when transporting sharp materials like medical needles, surgical blades, slides, surgical tools and broken glasses that are possibly contaminated. To avoid potential damages, they make sure to put these sharp wastes into puncture resistant containers before placing them in regular bio hazard waste containers.  Again, it is compulsory for them to use HML (Hazardous Material Label) on all these containers as a security measure.


Pathological Waste

Containers that have pathological waste should accompany a red color label that says “Pathological Waste”.  It should be properly attached to the handle of the container. All the body parts of humans and animals, human tissues and animal tissues and surgical specimens are considered to be pathological waste.


Chemotherapy Waste

Empty vials, IV tubes, bags, bottles, different syringes and protective equipment like gloves and masks used in drug preparation are referred to be Chemotherapy Waste. The bio hazard waste containers that carry these waste should have yellow color tags printed “Chemotherapy Waste” on them.


Never dispose any of the bio hazard waste on water sources, open grounds or public places. The best option to dispose such waste is to get the assistance of a certified professional.