Regulated Medical Waste
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) is material that may be contaminated with blood, bodily fluids, or other infectious materials. RMW may also be referred to as "biohazardous" or "infectious waste". RMW must be properly handled and disposed of in order to minimize the risk of transmitting infection or endangering human health.
Anatomical Material: Human or animal body parts including tissues and organs or whole animal carcasses..
Blood: Human or animal, whole or blood components.
Blood-soiled Articles: Any article that contains blood in any form as a result of contact with blood.
Sharps: Syringe, needle, surgical instrument or other article which has cut or punctured human skin or has come in contact with an infectious agent.
Unused cultures and stocks of infectious agents.
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 Regulated Medical Waste must be either treated and disposed of as solid waste through Autoclave Key personnel or consigned to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) for incineration by a local vendor.
Any questions/comments about Regulated Medical Waste, please contact EH&S at 683-4495 or B.S.S.F. at 683-4199
Guidelines for the disposal of Regulated Medical Wastes
Sterlization using B.S.S.F
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF BAGGED REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE
Unless specifically used to cleanup a biohazard spill, no paper towels should be placed in red Regulated Medical Waste bags. Towels used to routinely clean a work surface before and after use, should be placed in "uncontaminated" waste receptacle.
All bags must be closed with closures or rubber bands, prior to submission to B.S.S.F, to allow steam penetration during sterilization, i.e., do not tape bags closed tightly.
The generator of the Regulated Medical Waste assumes all responsibility for assuring the autoclave operator, B.S.S.F and personnel that absolutely no hazardous waste, i.e., chemicals, or radioactive waste is contained in the red Regulated Medical Waste bags submitted for treatment.
NOTE: If you are working with a known, biological pathogen, please inform the B.S.S.F. personnel of the pathogen. The B.S.S.F. will treat ALL waste with Universal Precautions, but may be able to process or quarantine specific pathogens more readily if known.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF SHARPS FOR STERILIZATION.
- All sharps must be submitted in a closed, approved sharps container, seal with tape.
- All sharps containers must have the following information clearly labeled on the container, prior to submission to B.S.S.F:
- Generaters name
- Room number and building.
- Once sterilized, ODU must send sharps off campus to a contracted vendor for incineration.
Approved sharps containers are rigid, leak-proof, puncture resistant boxes
of various sizes made of hard red plastic, with a lid that can be securely sealed to keep contents from falling out, and clearly marked with the biohazard symbol.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF BAGGED WASTE PICKED-UP BY EH&S
Segregation of regulated medical waste at the point of generation is essential to ensure proper
handling and worker safety. Waste generators are responsible for ensuring regulated medical waste is discarded directly into clearly identifiable containers and labeled as described below.
Improperly packaged regulated medical waste will be brought to the attention of the generator. EH&S does not supply containers or bags.
Regulated medical waste must be packaged and labeled before it is stored, treated, transported or disposed of.
Refer to the guidelines set up by B.S.S.F and EH&S for disposal of these items as "bagged" waste, here.
All bags containing regulated medical waste shall be red in color and leak-proof, including bags used in steam sterilization. Any waste contained in red bags shall be considered regulated medical waste and handled as such.
All bags shall be filled no more than 3/4 full.
All bags and containers shall be labeled as follows:
Pipettes (12-14 inches) shall be placed in red bags separate from all other waste and double bagged.
Waste will be picked up on your scheduled date as indicated below:
Dental Hygiene (every 3rd week)
Student Health (every 3rd week)
Rec. Sports (every 3rd week)
Where pick-ups are infrequent or limited, contact EH&S to arrange for pick-up.
Pick-up Request Form
Pick-up Request Form