Biohazard Containers

Last updated: May 17, 2024

What Does Biohazard Containers Mean?

Biohazard containers are used for the disposal of waste that may be contaminated with pathogens that present a danger to people and the environment. A biohazard container should be fully closable, should be free of leakages during handling, storage or transport and be properly labelled with the appropriate colour-coded label. Biohazard containers must be closed prior to handling and shipping.

Safeopedia Explains Biohazard Containers

OSHA requires that biohazard waste should be disposed of in accordance with EPA regulations. The type of container employed may vary according to the type of waste handled. For example, needles, blades, etc. (sharps) should be disposed of in containers that cannot be punctured by their contents, while contaminated wipes, gloves and disposable PPE may be disposed of in closable bags. Outside the healthcare industry, first aiders must be trained in the proper handling and disposal of biohazard materials, such as blood.


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