Biomedical Waste

Biomedical waste consists of all biological, pathological and infectious wastes, such as the following:

  1. Anatomical material: Human or animal body parts, including tissues and organs or whole animal carcasses
  2. Blood: Human or animal, whole or blood components.
  3. Blood-soiled articles: Any article that contains blood in any form as a result of contact with blood.
  4. Sharps: A syringe, needle, surgical instrument, or other article that has cut or punctured human skin or has come in contact with an infectious agent as defined by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) regulations.
  5. Unused cultures and stocks of infectious agents.
  6. Biologically contaminated laboratory materials: Any article that is contaminated with or has come in contact with a pathogenic or infectious organism such as petri dishes, glassware, etc.

All biomedical waste must be treated and disposed of as solid waste or consigned to Environmental Health and Safety for incineration at the EHS facility on-site.