Waste Policies and Procedures Manual
State University (HTML version) 2002 Edition
Chapter 4 - Procedures for Infectious
reusable containers with specific-type bags are generally provided by the
TSO or infectious waste disposal company. Containers can be a volume
other than 65 gallons, for the purpose of convenience, but they must be
rigid, leak resistant, impervious to moisture, of sufficient strength to
prevent tearing or bursting during use and transportation, and labeled
properly. Sharps shall be disposed of immediately after use in an
impervious, rigid, and puncture-resistant container.
and Management at Generation Sites
University personnel shall be
responsible for the careful segregation of infectious and noninfectious
waste and disposal of infectious waste in an appropriate container as described
above, all of which shall occur at the site of generation or designated
Needles shall not be recapped,
bent, clipped, broken, or manipulated in any way.
Infectious waste bags within
the container shall not be filled in a manner that would exceed the bag’s
weight or volume capacity. Furthermore, the bag must be closable
and not exceed the weight limit set by the disposal company.
All containers storing and transporting
infectious material shall be labeled with the infectious waste bio-hazard
symbol (see front cover of manual). Infectious waste labels of any
kind shall not be disposed of in regular trash without defacing it.
All persons handling infectious
waste shall take all precautions in terms of person protective equipment
(gloves, apron, goggles, and respiratory apparatus as necessary) and have
proper training in infectious waste handling.
Noninfectious biological or
medical waste may be disposed of in regular trash containers.
Research cultures, stocks, and
other articles containing live pathogenic microorganisms shall be sterilized
appropriately by autoclaving or chemical sterilization. More critical
infectious waste may be sterilized to provide an additional measure of
University Personnel that need
to inject insulin or other medicines, may contact TSO for a sharps container
and proper disposal at no charge.
infectious waste should be stored in a designated area for a minimal period
of time. Storage areas must comply to the following:
4.4 Collection and Transportation
of Infectious Waste
Protected from animals and weather;
Secured to deny access by unauthorized
Marked with a standard and prominent,
infectious waste warning sign provided by TSO.
Provided with an ABC rated fire
waste shall be collected by University Personnel for proper disposal.
Disposal of infectious waste into normal waste containers is prohibited.
Infectious waste generators have several options for collection, based
on relevant circumstances and convenience. Frequent generators may
make arrangements with the TSO for routine pick-ups from a designated area.
In such agreements, the generator is advised to notify TSO of a pick-up
in advance to allow sufficient time for response. Departments may
also provide their own transportation of waste to the designated infectious
waste storage shed located behind the Dental Hygiene Building (Building
#37), with permission from TSO. Occasional generators may request
pick-ups from TSO at any time. Untrained personnel shall not
transport infectious waste and transportation must be done using University
waste is transported by a disposal company to an ISU approved treatment
facility. Disposal costs shall be born by TSO provided no abuse of
the service occurs.
contractor shall be responsible for providing documentation to the TSO
verifying that each container of infectious waste has been received and
treated or incinerated.
for Spills or Leaks
protective equipment (PPE) including: gloves, apron, and mask shall be
available in all areas where infectious waste is generated or stored.
A spill kit containing PPE, disinfectant, and absorbent material shall
be kept in the generation and storage areas. All University personnel
shall wear appropriate PPE when handling infectious waste. Materials
generated from spill or leak clean-up shall be handled as infectious waste.
shall be responsible for performing periodic inspections of equipment and
storage areas, and if unsafe conditions are found, providing written or
oral reports of observations and recommendations to the Campus Safety Committee.
is the processes by which any living organisms present on some object or
surface are eliminated. This is generally done by autoclaving, which
provides the object being sterilized with high temperature and heat.
4.10 Waste Minimization
of infectious waste generated at ISU should be minimized to reduce the
environmental impact of disposal and reduce the amount paid in disposal
costs. The following are ways to minimize infectious waste generation:
4.11 Infectious Waste Mixed
with Hazardous Chemicals
Whenever possible, limit the
amount of material you purchase that will eventually be disposed of as
In some circumstances, there
are alternative materials or methods to a procedure that would result in
the production of less infectious material than other procedures.
circumstances for research purposes may result in infectious waste mixed
with a RCRA hazardous chemical waste and shall be disposed of as RCRA hazardous
chemical waste. If this occurs, TSO should be notified. RCRA
hazardous chemical waste and infectious waste shall not be combined intentionally
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