Waste Containment and Treatment 

The storage, handling and disposal of biohazard waste must adhere to the CSA Standards as upheld by the NB Department of Environment:

  • Human non-anatomical waste (i.e., blood, blood products and other body fluids) must be autoclaved in the laboratory in the collection containers (sealed, single-use) and can be disposed of via sanitary sewer. The collection containers may then be safely disposed of with regular garbage. Human blood may be stored a maximum of one week under refrigeration, or one month frozen, prior to external disposal.
  • Infectious non-anatomical waste (i.e., microbiology lab waste or disposables contaminated with a causative agent) ideally would be collected in CSA standard biohazard containers (yellow or red colored displaying the international biohazard symbol) which are leak-proof. The waste would be stored up to a period of one month prior to transport for incineration, if that option were available. However, at present, this waste is collected in "biohazard bags" and autoclaved, the biohazard symbol blocked out and disposed of with regular garbage.
  • Non-infectious non-anatomical waste such as disposable gloves, bench covering and clinical equipment may be disposed of untreated via regular garbage.
  • Sharps and similar waste (i.e., hypodermic needles, syringes, surgical blades, clinical glass and other sharp items) must be collected in CSA standard "sharps" containers (yellow or red colored displaying the international biohazard symbol). This waste may be stored at room temperature for a period of up to one month prior to transport for external disposal by incineration. The "sharps" containers should contain liquid disinfectant. The container may be filled to 3/4 capacity prior to being sealed. The container must not be autoclaved prior to disposal.