Biohazard Waste Classification

The term "biohazard waste" refers to two types of waste: "infectious waste" and "biomedical waste".

Infectious waste pertains to cultures and diagnostic specimens containing micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, parasites, fungi or a recombinant, hybrid or mutant thereof, that are believed to cause disease in humans or animals.

Biomedical waste, as it pertains to this institution, includes waste generated from research and teaching labs or laboratory animal facilities and consists of:

  • animal anatomical waste (tissues, organs, body parts, body fluids, blood and sera)
  • non-anatomical waste:
    • used products or equipment contaminated with micro-organisms or recombinants, mutants or hybrids thereof
    • live or attenuated vaccines that have not been deactivated
    • contaminated animal bedding (ie. from experimental animals that have been infected with infectious material)
  • clinical materials consisting of needles, syringes, surgical blades and clinical glass capable of causing punctures or cuts.