biohazard waste disposal

does anyone know the procedure for disposing of biohazardous materials?
(id guess that incineration is what happens)

Chief’s Domain -

As in, in the hospital? Yeah, mostly incinerated - at least the chunky stuff like organs and amuptated limbs and feces. Linens soiled with biohazardous materials are often “red bagged” and sent back to the linen rental joint (provided the hospital doesn’t do on-site linen) where they are washed in various chemicals and bleaches and then basically autoclaved dry before being sent back out to the hospital.

“I guess one person can make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”

I used to work in a pharmaceutical company where we had all kinds of contaminated materials. Some with blood and bacteria - others with unknown chemical compounds and contaminated syringe needles. Standard procedure was to autoclave it (i.e. put in in a chamber with extremely high pressure and temperature steam) to kill/ denature everything. I believe after that, it was just disposed of with the normal waste with the exception of the sharps (i.e. needles, glass, etc) which was picked up by a separate vendor, but again, treated like normal waste at that point to my knowledge.

Why, chief, watchagot?

uhhhh… nothing :slight_smile:

Chief’s Domain -

In my jurisdiction, hazardous waste (including sharps) is incinerated.

Only problem: the local municipal government decided they didn’t need an incinerator for political/environmental reasons, so they now pay big $$$ to have it hauled by truck to another city and incinerated.

Call your local hazmat specialist.

chief: does anyone know the procedure for disposing of biohazardous materials?

Cast it into the sea off the coast of New Jersey. :smiley:

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Depends upon the type of biohazard.
Chemical, surgical spare parts(human), other non hardware stuff is generally incinerated.
Hardware such as sharps and other non-burnable medical waste are generally buried.
If you have some old radium or U-235 hanging around that you need to get rid of, call the local hazmat folks in the phone book. BTW, even old smoke alarms are considered radioactive waste(Americium 241), so they are “supposed” to be disposed of accordingly.


“When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven’t got any.”~~*G.K.Chesterton 1908 *

But you can’t just take them to a landfill, right? What exactly do they do?

There was an incident a couple of months ago where a Japanes company shipped containers full of biohazard waste overseas (I forget where, somewhere in SE asia). The company took the money for the disposal, got rid of it by shipping it away and disappeared. Now the Japanese government’s going to have to ship it back and dispose of it, for over a million dollars. The ‘waste’ they showed on TV included typical hospital disposables - gloves, needles, test tubes, etc.

’ But you can’t just take them to a landfill, right? What exactly do they

You can, but you have to inform them of it or hide it. They have special ways of handling it.

Or you can shoot it into space.