Hazardous Waste

Biohazardous Waste

Liquid Biohazardous Waste

Liquid biohazardous waste includes biohazardous waste in the form of a liquid. Examples include human and animal blood, bodily fluids and tissue cultures.

All containers of liquid biohazardous waste must have a "biohazard label" attached. For containers that are not pre-labeled, biohazard labels can be ordered through HMM at 763-4568. When waste accumulation begins the accumulation start date must be written on the label. The accumulation start date is the date the waste is first generated. All biohazardous waste must be treated or sent for disposal through HMM within 60 days.

Biohazard Label

Disposal Procedures for Liquid Biohazardous Waste

Sanitary Drain

  • Verify that there are no chemicals
  • Treat biohazardous waste with a 1:10 dilution of household bleach (contains 5% sodium or calcium hypochlorite) to water for at least 30 minutes or other suitable commercial disinfectant. Follow manufacturer’s label instructions for appropriate concentration and contact time
  • Rinse the treated material down the drain

HMM Collection

  • If a laboratory cannot dispose of the material in the sanitary drain, HMM can be contacted for collection of the waste
  • Package the bottle in a cardboard box so that the material can safely be moved by HMM staff
  • Label the box with a "biohazard label"
  • Call HMM at 763-4568 to arrange for a collection
  • Various containers are available through Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) for the collection of liquid biohazardous waste. Containers can be ordered by calling HMM at 763-4568. Examples include:

Liquid Biohazard Containers