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Waste Management

LBNL/PUB-3095

Medical and Biohazardous Waste
Generator’s Guide

Waste Management Group
Environment, Health and Safety Division
Ernest Orlando Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory

Prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231


 

1. Introduction. 1

    1.1       Generator Responsibilities. 1

    1.2       Definitions. 1

2. Medical/Biohazardous Waste Disposal Procedures. 3

    2.1       Biohazardous Waste Labels, Bags, and Containers. 3

        2.1.1   Biohazardous Waste Labels. 3

        2.1.2   Biohazardous Waste Bags. 3

        2.1.3   Laboratory Biohazardous Waste Containers. 7

        2.1.4   Medical/Biohazardous Waste Pickup Containers. 8

    2.2       Solid Medical/Biohazardous Waste Disposal 9

        2.2.1   Disinfecting Biohazardous Waste Containers and Lids. 10

    2.3       Liquid Medical/Biohazardous Waste Disposal 10

    2.4       Biochemicals, Pharmaceuticals, and Over-the-Counter Drug Disposal 11

    2.5       Medical/Biohazardous Waste Contaminated with Radioactive and/or Chemical Materials  12

    2.6       Medical/Biohazardous Waste from a Radioactive Materials Area (RMA) 12

3. Sharps Waste Management 13

    3.1       Definition. 13

    3.2       Sharps Containers. 14

    3.3       Sharps Waste Disposal Procedures for Biohazardous Areas. 14

        3.3.1       Sharps Waste Disposal Procedures for Medical Waste (Red Bag) Areas  14

        3.3.2   Sharps Waste Disposal Procedures for Biohazardous Areas That Use Clear Biohazard Bags  15

        3.3.3   Sharps Waste Contaminated with Radioactive and/or Chemical Materials  16

    3.4       Sharps Waste from a Radioactive Materials Area (RMA) 16

    3.5       Sharps Waste Disposal Procedures for Unregulated Nonbiohazardous Areas  16

    3.6       Uncontaminated Glassware Disposal Procedures. 17

4. Pathological Waste Management 18

    4.1       Definition. 18

    4.2       Pathological Containers. 18

    4.3       Pathological Waste Disposal Procedures. 18

    4.4       Pathological Waste Contaminated with Radioactive Material 19

    4.5       Pathology Waste from a Radioactive Materials Area (RMA) 19

5. Medical/Biohazardous Waste Pickup. 20

    5.1       Medical/Biohazardous Waste Transportation, Treatment, and Disposal 20

    5.2       Medical Waste Pickup Schedule. 20

6. Medical/Biohazardous Waste Training and Inspections. 21

    6.1       Medical/Biohazardous Waste Training. 21

    6.2       Medical/Biohazardous Waste Inspections. 21

7. Forms and Supplies. 22

    7.1       Medical Waste Accumulation Log. 22

8. Solid Medical Waste Disposal Procedures Chart 24

9. Biohazardous Waste Disposal at JGI 25

    9.1       JGI Autoclave Procedures. 25

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