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EHS Biological Waste

Departments generating biohazardous waste must dispose of the waste through approved methods, such as autoclaving, disinfection, and shipment offsite via the University medical waste contractor.

Although departments that generate large quantities of biohazardous waste should contact the medical waste contractor directly, EH&S can now manage and dispose of biohazardous waste for departments that generate small volumes of regulated medical waste on the main campus.

Please contact Katherine Miller at 2740 to make arrangements for this service.

Who Qualifies for this Service?

In order to benefit from this service, departments must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Generate 2 or fewer needle boxes per month
  • Generate one bag (2 cu. ft. or less) of biohazardous waste per month

If a department typically generates biohazardous waste in volumes exceeding those specified above, that department should arrange for disposal through the University medical waste contractor.

Disposal Requirements

Conditions for Disposal

In addition to complying with the generation rates specified earlier, the waste must meet certain other criteria:

  • Containers must not have free liquids
  • Containers must not have hazardous or radioactive waste
  • Containers must be sealed
  • Containers must be labeled properly

Container Labeling

Each container presented for disposal must be marked "Biohazard" or have the universal biohazard symbol. Also, each container must have an identification tag with all information filled out before Environmental Health & Safety can accept the container for disposal. Please contact EH&S to request identification tags.

Disposal Requests

Environmental Health and Safety can accept materials for disposal during regular business hours. Simply call EH&S at 678-4672 or 678-2740 to arrange for disposal. If an emergency arises, or you cannot wait until normal business hours resume, contact the Department of Public Safety at 678-4357 to arrange for disposal.

Exposure Control Plan

Please be aware that all departments that may generate potentially infectious materials are responsible for having an exposure control plan, providing training for employees, and other requirements under Federal and State regulations, as well as University policy. Click here for a copy of the model Exposure Control Plan.


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