Laboratory Waste Management

It is the responsibility of the diagnostic laboratory to ensure the safe and proper disposal of waste that is produced from their work. The waste, if not disposed of correctly, could pose a danger to the environment and people. Diagnostic laboratories should adhere to strict environmental regulations and control to ensure the cleanliness and safety of our surroundings.

The first step is to segregate the waste by proper classification. These wastes should be placed in secured containers and labeled. Waste are classified as:

  • General Waste – Waste comparable to urban waste
  • Paper
  • Infectious Waste – This type of waste is suspected to have pathogens that could cause disease
  • Instruments in contact with the infected person
  • Pathological Waste – Consist of tissues, blood, or bodily fluids.
  • Sharps – These are considered hazardous even if not infected.
  • Needles, scalpels, catheter
  • Chemical Waste – Waste from use of chemicals

Aside from properly collecting and disposing of waste, the laboratory should ensure that pest control management is practiced in areas where the waste are collected before disposal. You can visit the Pest Control Denver CO website to know more about proper pest control activities for your laboratory. You may refer to the list of common laboratory waste and how it should be disposed of.

  • Sharps  – These are materials that are designed to cut or puncture the skin. It includes needles, scalpels, and blade. These waste should be stored in a closable container. The container should be puncture resistant and leak-proof. You should not fill the containers to the brim to ensure that the container will always be closed.
  • Hazardous Glass – These are sharp objects such as slides and cover slips, broken bottles, and syringe bodies. This type of waste should be collected in boxes lined with plastic so that it could not cut persons handling this waste.
  • Other non-hazardous waste – This consist of waste that does not need further treatment before disposal. This includes unbroken glass and plastic that were washed and decontaminated, paper towels and gloves that are not contaminated.

You can put the waste in a regular trash can with a plastic liner. These are just the basic disposal procedure for laboratory waste. There are very relevant regulations in disposing of hazardous chemicals and solids. It is important to be responsible for ensuring the wastes are disposed of properly.

Several laboratory waste collection companies can provide assistance in how to manage your waste. These companies will also ensure that your waste disposal process is compliant with the laws and regulations in your area.

It will make it easy for your business to have a professional guide you in the course of managing your waste disposal. This is because laboratory waste has a lot of classifications and each classification needs to be handled differently.

You may also contact your local government health department for further information on the regulations and requirements to handle your waste.